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Saturday, October 31, 2009
2009 Linux Graphics Survey
"For the past two years we have hosted an annual Linux Graphics Survey in which we ask well over 20,000 users each time their video card preferences, driver information, and other questions about their view of the Linux graphics stack. This year we are hosting the survey once again to allow the development community to get a better understanding of the video hardware in use, what open-source and closed-source drivers are being used, and other relevant information that will help them and the Linux community."

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Unigine 'Heaven' - The First DirectX 11 Benchmark @ Legit Reviews
"The Unigine 'Heaven' DirectX 11 benchmark looks really impressive, so before we go straight to the benchmark numbers we wanted to show you some screen shots that we took from the benchmarThe scene above is rendered in DirectX 9 and you can see how the roof and stone work in the building corners is relatively flat. This scene reminds me a little bit of the cs_italy map from counter-strike, which is sad considering that map was released over seven years ago. With DirectX 11 enabled the same scene comes to life thanks partly to Tessellation, which is one of the more important DirectX 11 features. Without Tessellation there is no displacement so things are flatter in DirectX 9 or with Tessellation turned off..."

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OCZ XTC Cooler Rev 2 Memory Cooler Review @ XtremeComputing
"This product has clearly been created for enthusiasts, as it is rare that any"

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Friday, October 30, 2009
nMediaPC HTPC 8000 Wooden HTPC Case @ Legit Reviews
"The HTPC 8000 from nMediaPC is different to say the least. With its almost all wood construction it’s unlike any case I have ever had. With its style being that of something out of the 1940’s it might look a little out of place in most of today’s sleek AV setups. I have had more than one my woodworking nut friends say they loved the looks of it, and I had several people ask me where I got the old radio. That got me thinking that it would be a nice case for a rec-room, man cave, behind a bar, or could even make for a nice garage juke box..."

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In-Win Maelstrom @ Bjorn3D
"In-Win is back with their latest computer case designed for gamers, overclockers, and of course high-end workstation PCs. While we know that In-Win makes some of the craziest looking chassis' on the market, it seems that the latest Maelstrom chassis is somewhat more unique in a sense that it's not too wild looking, and instead of putting too much time into the whole outside look, there are some very interesting and useful features that make this case stand out from the crowd."

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Antec Skeleton Open Air Computer Case Review @ Tweaknews
"Antec's Skeleton case is a real work of art that also brings top-notch cooling and innovative design elements to the table. The open design and sliding component tray makes installation relatively easy, and hardware changes can be achieved quickly and with minimal bother."

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Thursday, October 29, 2009
AMD Loses Its Linux Core Engineering Manager
"AMD's Catalyst Linux driver has improved substantially over the past few years. Years ago the Catalyst Linux driver was in shambles with its performance being utterly poor, it lacked enthusiast-oriented features like CrossFire and OverDrive, and ATI customers had to wait months -- sometimes in excess of a year -- for any driver support in Linux. All of this though has changed with AMD now providing same-day Linux support, a near feature parity to the Windows Catalyst driver, and first-rate performance. Playing a critical role in improving the ATI Linux support has been Matthew Tippett, serving as the engineering manager for Linux Core Engineering since joining ATI Technologies in 2003. To put it in perspective, when Matthew started work at ATI, only the FireGL graphics cards were supported under Linux. However, today will be his last day serving ATI / Advanced Micro Devices."

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Silverstone Grandia Series GD04 HTPC Case review in Metku.net
"Just a few weeks back we reviewed the Silverstone GD03 HTPC case and despite some flaws, we liked it. Since then the Silverstone has already come up with a new model - GD04. It obviously sits in the same product range and indeed is similar in many ways, but we still felt it was differed enough for a dedicated review."

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AMD Sempron 140 2.70 GHz @ techPowerUp
"AMD's Sempron 140 is here to seal the deal in the entry level market for $39. It offers all the features of the K10.5 architecture, but comes with only a single core at 2.70 GHz. Despite its single core it offers decent performance for every day office use, media PCs and casual gaming. If you get lucky you might even be able to unlock a second core."

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Samsung UN55B8000 55 inch LED TV Review @ Tweaknews
"After over a month and a half of daily use, the Samsung UN55B8000 can be summed up as a mixed bag of great and not so great characteristics. The first thing to mention and the distinguishing feature is the 1.2 inch depth profile. There is no consumer grade TV this side of perhaps an OLED display that at the time of this review is as thin as this model. The second is the color reproduction. This by a small margin has the best color reproduction I have seen to date. Couple these with the overall aesthetics and improved USB video, mp3 and photo functionality and at first you would think this is a touch down for Samsung. But hold on."

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NZXT Lexa S @ Bjorn3D
"NZXT has been around for while in the computer industry. This company has been making some of the most interesting chassis we have seen. NZXT chassis also has been one of the few companies that like adding that little extra that most other chassis manufacturers don't normally add."

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Wednesday, October 28, 2009
Lian Li PC-V351R @ techPowerUp
"The Lian Li PC-V351 is one ultra compact enclosure, without many of the expected shortcomings. It can swallow a big CPU cooler and long graphics card while managing to keep things cool and quiet. You even have the choice of up to 6 colors - a first for an all aluminum enclosure."

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Running Ubuntu 9.10 With Older PC Hardware
"Last week we looked at the Ubuntu 9.10 netbook performance with two Atom-powered netbooks comparing the Karmic Koala numbers against that of Ubuntu 9.04. For the most part, Ubuntu 9.10 offered better performance over its predecessor, but there were a few performance drops in different areas. With our netbook results out of the way, next up we looked at how Ubuntu 9.10 is running with older PC hardware. For the testing in this article we pulled out an aging laptop and ran a set of tests across Ubuntu 8.04.3 LTS, Ubuntu 8.10, Ubuntu 9.04, and the latest Ubuntu 9.10 snapshot."

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Gigabyte GTX 260 Core 216 Super Overclock Video Card @ Legit Reviews
"Today we get our first ever look at a video card from Gigabyte, the GTX 260 Core 216 Super Overclock. That’s a mouthful, but I suppose we have NVIDIA to thank for that! This video card from Gigabyte features the wildly popular GTX 260 core 216 GPU, but does fine screening of the cores to get the very best. These top bin chips are then mated to a PCB that features an extra 2 ounces of copper on the PCB, along with high quality voltage regulators, to bring you the highest clocked GTX 260 core 216 of any manufacturer. The standard core clock of 576MHz has been bumped up to 680MHz, which is an 18% frequency boost over the NVIDIA GeForce GTX 260 reference design. With clock speeds like this you can expect 3% better performance than standard GTX 275 graphics cards..."

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Cooler Master Storm Mouse Pad @ Bjorn3D
"I am sure that many of you have been in the position where you get your new mouse home, and it's just not as good as you expected. Well it may not be all the mouse's fault. One commonly overlooked peripheral 'helper' is the mouse pad. The first thing that comes to mind is the old square piece of rubber with a cloth covering. Well essentially this is what Cooler Master has done. Why not add some new features? Well why not re invent the wheel while your at it. Fact is the age old design works just as good today as it did over a decade ago."

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XFX Radeon HD 5770 Video Card Review @ BmR
"OK, we're through playing nice with these new ATI 5xxx video cards. The corporate logo for XFX says: "play hard.", so Benchmark reviews is going to take that motto to heart and show what this cards can really do. Almost every single competing card runs at higher than reference clock rates, and they all come that way from the factory. Every single card I compared the HD5770 to, when we reviewed the reference design from ATI, was factory overclocked. That's just the way it is with video cards built on mature GPU technology. Well, every ATI 5xxx card can easily be overclocked using the standard driver package from ATI, Catalyst Control Center, since it includes ATI Overdrive. So let's do it, let's compare apples to apples, and as a bonus, I'll throw in some CrossfireX results, too."

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Tuesday, October 27, 2009
Phoronix Test Suite 2.2 Enters Beta
"After a three month development period following the release of Phoronix Test Suite 2.0, the first beta release of Phoronix Test Suite 2.2"

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Plantronics Discovery 975 Bluetooth Headset Review @ Legit Reviews
"People will ask, “Is this headset really better than the Jawbone or BlueAnt?” If you are strictly measuring the overall quality of the headset by the sound volume and ability to dampen or reduce environmental noise, then picking a winner out of this lot is a toss-up. On the other hand, if you are looking for the best sounding, best looking, most comfortable, and longest battery life in the bunch, the Plantronics Discovery 975 wins hands down. The fact that Plantronics improved their battery case and included a never-before-seen LCD screen to give you battery status on the headset and case is amazing..."

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OCZ Platinum 1866MHz DDR3 Memory @ Bjorn3D
"OCZ Technologies Memory is one of the most preferred types of memory to have in our computers. Who would not want to have memory that performs well, and stable in our computers? Unlike the Intel 1366 socket Core i7 CPUs tring to find a set of low voltage high frequency memory was next to impossible at the starting of this newer CPU type. This time around, memory manufacturers were prepared to have high frequency, low voltage memory for the newer Intel Core i5/i7 1156 socket CPU's."

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A.C.Ryan PlayOn! DVR TV @ techPowerUp
"The A.C.Ryan PlayON! DVR TV combines the benefits of a media player with the ability to record and playback analog and DVB-T signals and act as a wired or wireless NAS. It is capable of streaming and playback of up to 720p video as well as audio and pictures. To top things off, the PlayON! DVR TV also acts as an Internet radio for your living room."

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Seagate Cheetah 15K.7 SAS 15,000RPM Hard Drive Review
"Until SSDs can safely prove that they're a reliable long-term media for Enterprise storage, the Serial Attached SCSI (SAS) interface owns the market share for server storage. Until Seagate launches their Solid State Drive counterpart, the 600GB Seagate Cheetah 15K.7 SAS Hard Drive ST3600057SS delivers safe and affordable high-capacity storage to data servers and Enterprise environments. The 4Gb/s FC or 6-Gb/s SAS 2.0 interface allows the perpendicular storage technology to deliver 15,000 RPM data bandwidth for an industry-leading 1.6-million-hour MTBF. In this article, Benchmark Reviews tests the Seagate Cheetah 15K.7 SAS hard drive against a wide variety of storage solutions."

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Monday, October 26, 2009
Intel Launches TRIM Firmware For 34nm SSDs @ Legit Reviews
"With the release of firmware version 02HA, the Intel 34nm SSD family becomes even more impressive. Intel delivered on their promise of releasing a non-destructive firmware update that supports the Windows 7 Trim command along with an end user tool to allow users to optimize the performance of their SSD on Windows XP and Vista operating systems. Those that have the 160GB 34nm SSDs got a very nice performance boost this morning as well. By just installing this firmware update you will see an instant performance boost on the sequential write speeds that allows you to reach speeds well over what you could have gotten with the existing firmware version..."

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Kingston 40GB V Series Boot Drive SSD Review @ Legit Reviews
"The idea of having one drive as a boot drive and another drive for storage is nothing new. Kingston is the first company to bring to market an SSD for this task, though, and we must say that it is an interesting solution. With the Kingston SSDNow V Series 40GB Boot Drive available for as low as $84.99 after rebates it really might be one of the most cost-effective ways to improve any desktop’s boot, shutdown and application load times. It's not every day a low-cost upgrade solution comes to market that makes such a big performance improvement, so we can see how this SSD will breathe new life into existing desktop computers and workstations in homes and offices around the world. The drive's performance was nothing short of amazing as we were seeing sequential write speeds over 230MB/s in popular benchmarks like HDTach. The drive is rated for a sequential read speed of up to 170MB/s, so this was a nice surprise..."

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EVE Apocrypha @ Bjorn3D
"Since the conception of playing Dungeons and Dragons with our friends and family, we continually find new ways to interact with other people by role playing. MMORPG (Massive Multi Online Role Playing Games) expands this alternate reality to a whole new level. Instead of finding a few people to join in on quests, we just go online log in to a MMORPG title and we can play with literally thousands of different people across the world."

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Zalman CNPS10X Quiet @ techPowerUp
"The Zalman CNPS10X Quiet takes the CNPS10X Extreme and pairs it with a silent fan for all those users who want the cooling performance of a tower cooler in combination with silence. We crank up the heat to see if the CNPS10X Quiet can stay cool when it counts."

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Sunday, October 25, 2009
Corsair HX750W Professional Series Modular 750 Watt Power Supply Review @ Tweaknews
"Corsair's new HX750W ATX modular power supply certainly doesn't disappoint. With excellent performance, quiet operation, and a very innovative feature set, this PSU could easily find a home in the most demanding systems."

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Saturday, October 24, 2009
AMD Athlon II X2 240 2.80 GHz @ techPowerUp
"AMD's Athlon II X2 240 is set out to deliver a best-in-class experience for less than $60. Even though it has only two cores it can deliver in many benchmarks including gaming. Its attractive price point and undervolting capabilities also make it an interesting choice for a budget oriented media PC setup."

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SilverStone RV-02 Raven @ Bjorn3D
"When I first received this chassis to review, I looked at the name of this chassis Raven, I then said to myself 'Nevermore'. I have no idea why this came up, but after thinking about this for a few minutes I finally figured out why it reminded me of the phrase 'Nevermore'."

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Friday, October 23, 2009
Ubuntu 9.10 Netbook Performance
"There is just one week left until Ubuntu 9.10"

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AMD Athlon 2 X3 435 @ Bjorn3D
"We're going to take a look at the new AMD Athlon 2 X3 435 triple core CPU and see if we can't unlock it's potential, then we're going to try and unlock that disabled core. You should know that unlocking that disabled core is a crap shoot and not every Triple core CPU can handle it. We'd venture a guess that as many as 50% of the triple cores are capable of unlocking and functioning. That usually comes at a cost, most often you lose a little OCing capability. Typically an unlocked core CPU that overclocks to 3.GHz will OC as high as 3.5GHz so you lose 300 - 400 GHz OCing capability but gain a core. Other triple core CPU's won't stabilize with the core unlocked. If you have a little luck and a board capable of the trick you might extend the already great value of affordable AMD CPU's. Even if it doesn't unlock the Athlon 2 X3 435 running a mere $87 dollars at launch is still an exceptional value for budget minded enthusiasts."

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Thursday, October 22, 2009
Motorola Cliq Review @ Digital Trends
"Are you an active Web 2.0 socialite? Do you Twitter and Facebook (or whatever the verbal form of Facebook is)? If you are, the Motorola Cliq is for you. This first Android phone from the company that invented the cellphone aggregates all your social networking accounts and contacts and delivers updates right to the home screen in ways both intuitive, clever and potentially overwhelming. And with its slideout QWERTY, it's easy to respond and message and post to your favorite sites. Aside from this social networking aggregation, Cliq is a classy device, well-designed, well-built and for this brief shining moment, arguably the best Android phone thus far."

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Zalman CNPS10X Extreme CPU Cooler reviewed in Metku.net
"The CNPS10X cooler comes in two variations, Quiet and Extreme. From these two we're now going to take a look at the Extreme model that is the current flagship of the Zalman's CPU Cooler lineup."

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Inno3D GeForce 210 512 MB @ techPowerUp
"NVIDIA's new GeForce 210 is set out to conquer the low-end graphics card market. It comes with native HDMI output, improvements to HDMI audio and a low profile form factor. While it also supports DirectX 10.1 and PhysX, it is definitely not made for gaming. However, it does score big in overclocking and power consumption."

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Unigine Heaven Offers Heavenly Graphics
"This video is, of course, demonstrating Unigine Heaven using their new DirectX 11.0 renderer. Unigine Heaven is using hardware tessellation, DirectCompute, Shader Model 5.0, and other newer GPU technologies. Unigine released this demo today for the launch of the Microsoft Windows 7, but there remains the OpenGL 3.x renderer too. Take a look at the Unigine Heaven press release. The Linux version of Unigine Heaven isn't out yet, but it's expected soon."

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Corsair Cooling Ice T30 TEC Memory Cooler Review @ Legit Reviews
"When testing the T30 I kept kicking myself for not having a single-stage phase change system or liquid nitrogen so I could kick up the CPU's uncore and push the CAS7 and CAS8 frequencies. Now keeping that thought in mind, where does the T30 fit in with the myriad of other cooling devices on the market? For use within the typical system the T30 would define overkill. The H30 makes a lot more sense, especially for those individuals who already have their case watercooled. But the T30 isn't about making sense, it is about pushing the boundaries and for those select few people who are willing, the T30 is there to give them that extra edge. This is definitely a product geared towards the small group of competitive benchmarkers at the tip top of the horde of computer enthusiasts..."

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Visiontek HD 5870 @ Bjorn3D
"At Bjorn3D over the years we've seen ATI and Nvidia trade places several times when it comes to the performance crown for single core GPU's. For a while now Nvidia has been ahead in raw GPU power and ATI has been a little behind in raw power, but ahead in DirectX (DX 10.1). With the introduction of the 5870 it appears the crown has changed hands once again and ATI's 5870 in now the most powerful single core GPU around. Having the advantage in not only power but featuring DirectX 11 as well the 5870 has turned a lot of heads."

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Belkin Flip 2-port DVI USB KVM Switch F1DG102D @ BmR
"It's a common scenario for many of us these days: multiple computers, but no desk space for multiple monitors, keyboards, and mice. You might have a work machine and a play machine; or a home media server you access and control over the network, but it would really be nice if you had a monitor and keyboard sometimes, or maybe you just thought it would be fun to try one of those $200 nettop computers to see if it had any actual application. The solution is a KVM (keyboard/video/mouse) switch, and Benchmark Reviews looks at the Belkin Flip F1DG102D two-port DVI-USB KVWM switch to see how well it would work for you."

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Wednesday, October 21, 2009
Thermaltake Element G Computer Case Review @ Tweaknews
"Like the Element S the interior of the Element G is a pleasure to work in, (with the exception of the non-replaceable expansion slot covers, one of my pet peeves,) and the cable management features are really outstanding. Both chassis will particularly appeal to users who demand massive storage capacity in their machines."

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Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ35 Review @ Digital Trends
"The new DMC-FZ35 is the first wide-angle megazoom camera (18x) offering higher-quality high-def videos. 2009 will go down as the year HD video and digital cameras joined at the hip. Most high-quality digicams take 720p movies, a huge step up from standard-def clips. Check them out on a big-screen HDTV (42 inches plus) and the results will stare you in the face - and that's a good thing. Panasonic is one of the few companies using AVCHD Lite, a variation of the system used by expensive high-def camcorders such as the Canon Vixia HF S10. Available also in the $349 Lumix DMC-ZS3 and the GF1, AVCHD Lite is not as good as true AVCHD, but the quality is a cut above the competition. Let's see how far that is, as we put the FZ35 through some hoops."

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ATI Radeon HD 5870 + 5850 CrossFire - Mixing Video Cards @ Legit Reviews
"This article proves you can easily pair a Radeon HD 5870 with a Radeon HD 5850 and run them together in mixed CrossFire for improved gaming performance over a single card solution. That in itself is a small victory and a nice feature to have if you have a chance to mix and match cards like this for a performance upgrade down the road. One thing that shocked me was that the CrossFire gaming performance of a Radeon HD 5870 + 5850 was lower than that of a pair of Radeon HD 5850 video cards in CrossFire in all of our testing with the exception of one game. I would assume it is because the higher capacity card (the Radeon HD 5870) gets brought down to the lower one (the Raeon HD 5850) plus some overhead..."

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Razer Naga Mouse and Megasome Mouse Pad @ Bjorn3D
"Razer has always been one of our favorite gaming companies and when they came up with the Razer Naga mouse and Megasome mouse pad we knew we had to have hands on and give them a run for their money. To that end we forced ourselves to play endless hours of stand alone games and several marathon online MMOG gaming sessions to test the Naga and Megasome combination."

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XFX Radeon HD5750 Video Card Review @ BmR
"The launch of Radeon HD57xx Juniper-GPU series cards is going very smoothly. ATI learned some hard lessons when they launched the HD4850 a couple years back. All the partners seem to have their cards ready for distribution this time, and there's no price gouging, due to the stable supply. This is doubly important for the HD57xx, since they're in the middle of the pack, performance-wise, and there are lots of competitors. XFX is one of the premium retail partners in the video card industry, although they're a relative newcomer to the ATI camp, and they've supplied Benchmark Reviews a model HD-575X-ZNF7 Radeon HD5750 to review. We recently looked at an early engineering sample of the HD5770, now we have the opportunity to take a look at a production version of the lower priced companion card, the XFX Radeon HD5750. We already know it's not going to challenge the HD5770, but can it beat out its real competition at the lower price point?"

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Tuesday, October 20, 2009
Cooler Master Lab Test Bench @ techPowerUp
"The Cooler Master Lab is their first test bench unit and scores with some extremely compact dimensions along with the possibility to install a full size ATX board. We take a close look to see how it stacks up to the competition from the specialists like DangerDen or DimasTech."

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Logitech Squeezebox Radio Review @ Digital Trends
"Logitech lopped a few features off the Squeezebox Boom, added several others-including a beautiful 2.4-inch display-and whacked $100 off the price tag to come up with the Squeezebox Radio, a phenomenal value among audio-streaming devices. The Boom sounds a little better than the Radio (especially when you're comparing the speakers built into each box), but that advantage largely disappears when you use outboard speakers. And the Radio's display adds a host of features the Boom can't match."

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Flip MinoHD 2nd Generation 120 Minutes Review @ Digital Trends
"In case you missed Apple's fall iPod announcements, Apple and Flip Video (now owned by Cisco) are at war. After Steve Jobs treaded into Flip territory by adding a camera to the iPod Nano and implied that it eliminated the need to buy a separate device, Flip headed back to the drawing boards determined the prove that an MP3 player can't upend the established leader of the up-and-coming mini HD camcorder market. The resulting second-generation Mino HD, introduced a month after the new Nano, adds a bigger screen, more memory, and a more polished design. Will it be enough to fend off a cheaper, smaller device from the likes of Apple? Will it even justify an upgrade from the old version? Let's find out."

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NVIDIA Developer Talks Openly About Linux Support
"In late August we started asking our readers for any questions they had for NVIDIA about Linux and this graphics company's support of open-source operating systems. Twelve pages worth of questions were accumulated and we finally have the answers to a majority of them. NVIDIA's Andy Ritger, who leads the user-space side of the NVIDIA UNIX Graphics Driver team for workstation, desktop, and notebook GPUs, answered these questions. With that said, there are some great, in-depth technical answers and not the usual marketing speak found in many interviews. While Linux is our focus, Andy's team and his answers for the most part apply equally to NVIDIA drivers on Solaris and FreeBSD platforms too. There are many questions that range from the status of new features in their proprietary graphics driver to why it is unlikely there will be any official open-source support from NVIDIA to download percentages of their Linux driver."

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Legit Reviews Message @ Legit Reviews
"Despite a few areas of concern the NZXT Lexa S is a great case. If you are planning on running a system that is in need of some serious water cooling this may not be the greatest case for you. Though, if you are going to run the radiator or the fans externally you will be golden. If you are planning on an air cooled system you won't find many cases of this build quality for under seventy bucks like this one is..."

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Gigabyte MA785GMT-UD2H @ Bjorn3D
"Our previous review with the MSI 785G-E65 has shown that the AMD 785G may just be the best budget chipset with integrated graphics. It has proven to be a very nice option for those who wish to setup and HTPC or a budget system."

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ASUS P7P55D EVO P55 LGA1156 Motherboard Review @ BmR
"As we move into the holiday season, many are looking to Intel's new Lynnfield Desktop Platform for an upgrade or new build. Not surprising, there's plenty of good hardware on the market to choose from. In this article, Benchmark Reviews looks at the P7P55D EVO motherboard from ASUS. As part of their P55 lineup, the ASUS P7P55D EVO provides full support the for the new Lynnfield platform, along with several unique features. We'll explore these features in detail and find out how the EVO stacks up against other mainstream platforms."

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Monday, October 19, 2009
NVIDIA GeForce GT 220 On Linux
"Days prior to AMD's release of the ATI Radeon HD 5750 and Radeon HD 5770 graphics cards, NVIDIA released their GeForce G 210 and GeForce GT 220 graphics cards. Both of these NVIDIA graphics cards are for low-end desktop systems, but part of what makes them interesting is that they are the first NVIDIA GPUs built upon a TSMC 40nm process. To Linux users these graphics cards are also interesting in that they fully support all of the current features of VDPAU for Linux video decoding, including MPEG-4 support. We picked up an XFX GT220XZNF2 GeForce GT 220 1GB graphics card for this round of benchmarking on Ubuntu Linux."

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XFX Radeon HD 4890 1GB Video Card Review @ Legit Reviews
"When it comes to performance, the XFX Radeon HD 4890 is very capable of playing any game out now even at high resolutions. As the highest performing single card in the ATI Radeon HD 4000 series arsenal, that is to be expected. What was very surprising was just how little difference there was between the Sapphire Radeon HD 4890 2GB and our XFX Radeon HD 4890 1GB. Clearly, the extra memory is not showing itself in our game tests, which leaves us thinking that while it may be important for some games, in most it doesn't matter..."

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ASUS P7P55D Deluxe LGA 1156 Motherboard @ Bjorn3D
"When Intel introduced the new Socket LGA 1156 platform many people were skeptical of its capabilities due to it lacking a traditional Northbridge, having an integrated memory controller (IMC) supporting only Dual Channel DDR3, and having only a total of 16GB/s of available PCI-Express (PCIe) video bandwidth. Keeping the 1156 platform focus in mind (the mid-range priced market), Intel had to get creative and offer plenty of performance at a bargain while keeping the hardcore enthusiast's focused on the Socket LGA 1366 platform. To offer an affordable solution to buyers, Intel reduced its flagship features from the LGA 1366 platform to create the brand new LGA 1156 platform."

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BlueAnt Supertooth 3 Bluetooth Handsfree Kit @ Benchmark Reviews
"Cell phone laws are rapidly becoming more and more restrictive. At the time of this writing, 36 states have some sort of cell phone restriction while using a motor vehicle. This up from 24 states just a year ago. The hands-free revolution is well under way. Some people even wear a bluetooth headset practically from the time they wake up in the morning. For those of us less fashionable than they are, handsfree kits are more our style. We are constantly looking for the best in quality, versatility, and function for our inevitable daily phone use. Enter the BlueAnt Supertooth 3 Handsfree Kit. Released last year, this device was an upgraded version of their hit Supertooth Light kit. Benchmark Reviews has tested the Supertooth 3 extensively over the past few weeks to see if it can meet the needs of the cell phone users, both casual and talkative."

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Saturday, October 17, 2009
NZXT Lexa S @ techPowerUp
"The Lexa S is an updated version of the classic Lexa and Lexa Blackline Series, which goes into a totally different direction. With a much lower price point it is stuffed with a radically different set of features along with four, white bladed fans, a fan controller and the possibility to use a dual radiator within the case. These are just some of the numerous new features of the Lexa S, while the review goes into all the details."

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Eagle Arion 2.1 Speaker System Review @ Legit Reviews
"The Eagle Arion 2.1 Soundstage speakers with subwoofer look to deliver excellent sound with a $49.99 price tag. While it is easy to splurge on high speed CPUs and fancy looking cases, often sound is last on the list of things we spend money on. Once you plug in a good pair of speakers and you hear your games and movies come to life, the reason why it is good to spend money on a good pair of speakers suddenly becomes apparent..."

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Friday, October 16, 2009
Win a free NZXT Gaming Case from Benchmark Reviews
"Benchmark Reviews will randomly draw one winner for his/her pick of either a NZXT M59, NZXT Beta Evo, or NZXT Lexa S gaming case. Members will get an additional entry by becoming a fan of Benchmark Reviews on Facebook."

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DFI LanParty BI G41-T33 Motherboard Review @ Legit Reviews
"Today we have the opportunity to take a look at another board in the LanParty series from DFI. The LanParty series has always been a favorite of mine because of the tweaking options and the overclocking ability that they have. The board we get to look at today, though, was one that most would not think would belong in that series of boards. It is a micro board, uses the older LGA775 socket coupled with DDR3 memory, and has the G41 chipset that sports the GMA X4500 on-board graphics chip..."

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More AMD Radeon 5770 Linux Benchmarks
"Earlier this week AMD launched the Radeon HD 5700 series GPUs using their Juniper GPUs as part of the Evergreen family. We published Linux benchmarks of the Radeon HD 5750/5770 on Tuesday with our thoughts on these new mid-range graphics cards, but today there are a few more Ubuntu results to add in for these ATI graphics cards."

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FW: Noctua NH-U12P - 1366 CPU cooler Review @ XtremeComputing
"Noctua have a justified reputation of silent, yet powerful cooling. I fell in love with their NF-12P fans and was wowed by their NH-U12P cooler. Noctua have updated the mounting system for socket LGA1366 and have included a second 120mm-fan as standard; so let's see if the NH-U12P SE2 is up to the challenge of cooling core i7."

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Noctua NH-U12P - 1366 CPU cooler Review @ XtremeComputing
"Noctua have a justified reputation of silent, yet powerful cooling. I fell in love with their NF-12P fans and was wowed by their NH-U12P cooler. Noctua have updated the mounting system for socket LGA1366 and have included a second 120mm-fan as standard; so let's see if the NH-U12P SE2 is up to the challenge of cooling core i7."

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Kingwin XT-1264 Heatpipe CPU Cooler Review @ Tweaknews
"Kingwin's XT-1264 CPU cooler is a good looking product with some interesting features that should have delivered some outstanding performance. Unfortunately, it showed some rather lackluster cooling performance. There are, however some features and attributes that keep the XT-1264 from being a total bust."

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Thursday, October 15, 2009
ATI Radeon HD 5770 and 5750 CrossFire Video Cards @ Legit Reviews
"The Sapphire Radeon HD 5750 was a very impressive card. The fact that it retails for $129 and comes with a custom GPU cooler and Colin McRae: DiRT 2 for that price and all the DirectX 11 features is amazing. Also being able to run three monitors from a $129 graphics card for ATI Eyefinity is nice to have for down the road. If you wanted to add that to your current PC with an old graphics card you'd have to purchase something like the Matrox TripleHead2Go Digital Edition for $288.08 and then you are still stuck with an old graphics card. AMD really has created some great graphics cards this time around and they all have amazing features..."

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Sapphire Radeon HD 5850 Video Card @ Benchmark Reviews
"Microsoft Windows 7 will deliver DirectX 11 visual quality like never seen before, and ATI has endowed gamers with an unparalleled graphics solution in the Radeon HD 5870. While the Radeon 5800-series is a monumental feat for AMD over the unprepared competition, not everyone can fit the absolute best video card available into their budge. Armed with 1440 shader cores, the 40nm Cypress GPU HD5850 is positioned to offer an excellent value for the upper mid-range and hits the sweet-spot for DirectX 11 gamers. In this article, Benchmark Reviews compares the Sapphire ATI Radeon HD 5850 video card, model 21162-00-50R, against a cross-section of modern graphics accelerators."

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Wednesday, October 14, 2009
Thecus N0204 Mini NAS Review @ Tweaknews
"The old saying is that good things come in small packages, and that's definitely the case with the Thecus N0204 Mini NAS. It's no larger than a portable hard drive but provides a lot more than just storage. I don't know of any other NAS box that is this portable and manages to pack an FTP server, print server, media server, and so many other features into a tiny unit that can fit in your jacket pocket."

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Sweex MM220 Wi-Fi Internet Radio review in Metku.net
"Most modern homes are equipped with wireless LAN and Sweex utilizes this fact in their latest product - a small and stylish internet radio, the MM220."

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Audio-Technica ATH-FC700 Review @ Digital Trends
"In 2008, manufacturer Audio-Technica replaced its ATH-FC7 model headphones with the ATH-FC700. This fresh model offers a newly developed 40mm Neodymium driver that decreases weight and maximizes sensitivity to extend portable music player battery life. However, despite Audio-Technica's claims otherwise, we found that the FC700 units weren't all that comfortable, and their high frequency response may be prohibitively bright for some listeners."

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HIS HD5870 1 GB @ Bjorn3D
"The hottest video card at the moment of course is the new AMD HD5870. As seen in our article, AMD’s latest GPU offers lots of performance and at the time of writing is the fastest single-GPU card available even reaching and surpassing the dual-GPU GTX295 in some benchmarks."

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Sapphire ATI Radeon HD 5870 Video Card Review @ BmR
"AMD has leap-frogged NVIDIA by launching the DirectX 11 compatible Radeon HD 5870 video card. Armed with 1600 shader cores, the 40nm Cypress GPU claims to push video game frame rates well-beyond what NVIDIA offers from their GeForce GTX 285 counterpart. While the list of DirectX 11 video games has just started to grow, with one of the first being a free Massive Multiplayer Online Role Playing Game (MMORPG) named Battle Forge. Perhaps ATI has created the perfect storm for their Radeon HD 5800-series by offering a price-competitive graphics card with several free games included or available. While NVIDIA toils away with CUDA and PhysX, ATI is busy delivering the next generation of hardware for the gaming community to enjoy. In this article, Benchmark Reviews compares the Sapphire Radeon HD 5870 video card, model 21161-00-50R, against a cross-section of modern graphics accelerators."

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Tuesday, October 13, 2009
Asus UL30A Review @ Digital Trends
"A netbook makes a fine travel notebook to check up on e-mail, find night life destinations on Google maps, and tap out a few quick journal entries, but for heavy lifting, Intel's Atom is a garden trowel where a backhoe is needed. Yet for anyone who needs a little more, there's an awfully intimidating price gap to leap to get to a full-fledged Intel Core 2 Duo machine, and when you get to the other side, the weight might have you wishing for your Atom back. A quickly growing crop of machines using Intel's CULV processors have sprouted up to fill that gap, offering power and portability somewhere in between netbook and notebook. We tried out Asus' freshman offering in the field, the aluminum-skinned UL30A."

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Klipsch iGroove SXT Review @ Digital Trends
"By serving up premium sound quality, Klipsch's remarkably simple iGroove SXT delivers where most others have failed. Lightweight and unassuming, it may be just what you've been looking for in a portable iPod or iPhone speaker system. Be aware, however: The device does come with some drawbacks, including the lack of several features commonly found on competing models."

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HIS Radeon HD5770 1 GB Graphics Card review in Metku.net
"While the HD58xx-series card may have a bit more kick to them, the HD5770 should be able to give the consumers good performance with a decent price. To help us find out, HIS hooked us up with a HD5770."

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ASUS EAH5870 Voltage Tweak Video Card Review @ Legit Reviews
"The ASUS EAH5870/2DIS/1GD5 graphics card is equipped with Voltage Tweak technology, as part of the SmartDoctor application and that is what makes this card stand out from the crowd. Without the SmartDoctor application it would be like any other ATI Radeon HD 5870 on the market today, but that is luckily not the case. The ASUS EAH5870 gives consumers the ability to adjust the GPU voltages and to overclock beyond what you can do using just the ATI OverDrive utility. Factor in that you also get a product key for Colin McRae: DiRT 2 and you have a really good value on your hands..."

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Evercool Transformer 4 Heatpipe CPU Cooler Review @ Tweaknews
"Evercool's Transformer 4 CPU cooler, with its dual 120mm fans, 8mm copper heatpipes and direct touch design should be a top performer in the CPU cooling market. Its enormous size alone would seem to insure excellent cooling. However, as we see in the testing, the T4 just isn't able to keep up with the competition."

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ATI Radeon HD5770 Juniper GPU Video Card @ Benchmark Reviews
"Coming right on the heels of the HD5800 series launch, ATI brings us another batch of cards based on class-leading 40nm GPUs and GDDR5 memory. The new cards, Radeon HD5770 and HD5750, use the same architecture as the new HD5800 series, but ATI basically cut the Cypress chip in half to create a brand new video card with hardware specs somewhere between an HD4870 and an HD4890. If you're thinking that's not a bad place to be, but want to see some proof of how the HD5770 performs, Benchmark Reviews is pleased to offer you the results of our extensive testing."

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AMD Radeon HD 5750/5770
"In late September AMD had introduced the Radeon HD 5850 and Radeon HD 5870 graphics cards as the successors to the Radeon HD 4850 and Radeon HD 4870, respectively. These graphics cards, which are part of the Evergreen GPU family, have been performing quite nicely according to reports, but we have yet to test either of these Cypress graphics cards under Linux. Today though AMD is introducing the first midrange graphics cards in the Evergreen family. Under the Juniper codename, the Radeon HD 5750 and HD 5770 are being launched with both graphics cards being quite similar except for the ATI Radeon HD 5770 shipping with slightly higher core and memory clocks along with a different heatsink. In this review we have the first Linux-based benchmarks of these two new graphics cards, which are also the first publicized Linux benchmarks from any AMD Evergreen graphics processor."

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HIS Radeon HD 5770 1 GB @ techPowerUp
"AMD's next step in their Radeon HD 5000 release strategy is the Radeon HD 5770 which is based on the new 40 nm Juniper core. It features 800 shaders and 1 GB of GDDR5 memory on a 128-bit bus. Essentially this makes the card perform like a HD 4870 but adds new features like DirectX 11, ATI Eyefinity and reduced power consumption."

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Monday, October 12, 2009
Netgear WNDR3700 Review @ Digital Trends
"Netgear's WNDR3700 has all the features we've come to expect from high-end routers, including a dual-band radio that enables you to operate two networks on different frequency bands, a USB port for attaching shared storage, the ability to establish a guest network (two, in fact), and, of course, support for the IEEE 802.11n standard. But the WNDR3700 also has a few features that we haven't seen in any router, including the ability to monitor and even limit the amount of data that can be downloaded from or uploaded to the Internet, a valuable benefit if your Internet service provider caps your bandwidth and charges you for exceeding that cap. Still, there's one feature that's missing: The ability to share an attached printer over a network."

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Sony VAIO NW Series (VGN-NW150J) Review @ Digital Trends
"Sony builds pretty notebooks, and the VAIO NW series is no exception. The textured plastic enclosure looks fabulous in silver, and it resists fingerprints far better than the glossy finishes that have become so common. While it's exciting to see a Blu-ray drive in a notebook at this price point ($880), it's unfortunate that the battery doesn't have enough juice to finish a feature-length movie. The model VGN-NW150J/S sent for this review has a beautiful 15.5-inch display, but its reliance on an Intel integrated graphics solution renders it wholly unsuited for gaming. If your needs are more mainstream and you don't mind lugging a bit of weight-the machine and its power supply weigh a hefty six pounds, seven ounces-the VAIO NW is a good value, however."

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Zotac GeForce GT 220 1 GB @ techPowerUp
"Zotac's new GeForce GT 220 is based on NVIDIA's new GT 216 GPU which features 48 shader processors. While this is certainly not enough to play games at high resolutions it is sure fine for casual gaming. Windows desktop use and HD video playback is what this card is really targeted at and here it shines with extremely low power consumption and good feature set."

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Skooba Checkthrough Rolling Laptop Case @ Legit Reviews
"Instead of just talking about the bag, we went to the airport to ask a few TSA agents at the Los Angeles International Airport what they thought about the Skooba Checkthrough Rolling Laptop Case and if it would indeed help with getting through security. Each one could easily tell that the bag was indeed one of a handful of “checkpoint friendly” cases (by not only the way it folds open, but by the logo and tagging on the outside. The TSA agents said that if the user would leave their laptops in the case, there would be no fuss whatsoever. The only thing that will set off an alarm or raise a flag is if there is something on top or below the computer when it is on the x-ray machine. Of course, the bag will need to be rechecked or inspected closer if you are trying to check unapproved items..."

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Palit GeForce GT 220 Sonic 512 MB @ techPowerUp
"NVIDIA's new GeForce GT 220 is built around the new GT216 graphics processor, which is NVIDIA's first chip to be made in a 40 nm process. Another novelty is support for DirectX 10.1. Palit's Sonic Edition comes with higher clocks out of the box and an extremely well optimized low-noise fan."

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Prolimatech Mega Shadow @ Bjorn3D
"We at Bjorn3D are going to be looking at a CPU cooler from Prolima today. Prolima is one of the new kids on the block when it comes to CPU coolers. This company awed us with the performance of their Megahalem CPU cooler (review can be found HERE). This time around we going to look at a Mega Shadow CPU cooler from Prolima, this CPU cooler shares a lot of the same designs as the Megahalem CPU cooler. The only real difference between these two CPU coolers is the Mega Shadow is fully nickle plated to add that extra bling to our computer components."

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Evercool Transformer 4 (HPJ-12025) CPU Cooler Review @ XtremeComputing
"We have seen quite a few Taiwanese manufacturers produce brilliant coolers recently - including the"

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Belkin SOHO 4-Port DVI/USB KVM Switch F1DD104L @ BmR
"It's a common scenario for many of us these days: multiple computers, but no desk space for multiple monitors, keyboards, and mice. You might have a work machine and a play machine; or a home media server you access and control over the network, but it would really be nice if you had a monitor and keyboard sometimes, or maybe you just thought it would be fun to try one of those $200 nettop computers to see if it had any actual application. The solution is a KVM (keyboard/video/mouse) switch, and Benchmark Reviews looks at the Belkin SOHO F1DD104L four-port DVI-USB KVM switch to see how well it would work for you. This is a high-end switch with lots of extra features, so let's get started!"

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Aerocool Touch 2000 Touch Screen Fan Controller Review @ Tweaknews
"With the Touch 2000, AeroCool has produced a worthy successor to their popular line of bay fan control devices. This device is feature rich, user friendly has a bright, vivid touch screen that just begs the user to tweak their fans for optimal cooling or minimal fan noise."

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Friday, October 9, 2009
SilverStone Grandia GD03
"SilverStone is one of the brands we enjoy testing for computer cases as they always seem to drive innovations into their products from the Sugo to the Raven to their very impressive Temjin series. One of the SilverStone product lines that we had not reviewed up to this point was the Grandia series of HTPC enclosures, but that changed when we tested out the SilverStone Grandia GD03. The GD03 is an ATX enclosure that integrates dual hot-swappable HDD bays, an aluminum front panel, and a design to deliver quite yet cool performance."

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ASUS G51Vx 15.6" Gaming Notebook Review @ Legit Reviews
"Those who are looking for the ideal mobile gaming system for a reasonably attainable price will want to take a close look at the ASUS G51Vx Gaming Notebook. At $1575 at the time of writing, this system is well worth the money and will rival many desktops with its discrete NVIDIA GeForce GTX 260m mobile graphics card. The 2x320GB HDDs in RAID0, 4GB of RAM and Q9000 quad core processor certainly boosts overall system performance, too!"

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Gigabyte P55M-UD4 @ Bjorn3D
"Micro ATX motherboards are becoming more and more popular with gamers and overclockers alike. One can't really blame them either. These boards are smaller, reducing the need to use large chassis to house them which in turns makes these types of computers a lot more portable. A lot of times the Micro ATX motherboards will have all of the features their full sized brothers have, and that includes overclocking capabilities."

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Best CPU Cooler Performance LGA1366 Q3-2009 @ Benchmark Reviews
"Overclockers and performance enthusiasts both share the same desire to cool their processor with the best possible hardware solution, but they each have different needs. The Benchmark Reviews test lab is rife with cooling products, ranging from silent low-profile to full-size tower coolers. The purpose of this series is to measure products for the best cooling performance in both stock and overclocked forms. In this article, Benchmark Reviews tests a new collection of LGA1366 coolers using the Intel Core i7-920 processor overclocked to 3.8 GHz @ 1.4V, allowing only the very best CPU coolers to endure our tests and reveal the most desirable heatsink for your computer system."

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Thursday, October 8, 2009
NZXT PANZERBOX Enclosure Reviewed in Metku
"Most of NZXT's cases tend to be rather eye-catching, and previously we've had the Rogue and the Tempest from their product range for closer inspection. The previous two cases differed greatly from each other, so lets see what course their latest offering takes - Introducing the Panzerbox."

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Flightstrap Universal Media Player Holder Review @ Legit Reviews
"There are a plethora of media players out there these days. With them are a plethora of accessories. Many of the accessories are designed for their respective players, while others are universal. Flightstrap is a new product here to join the crowd with their attempt at a universal media player accessory. Flightstrap sells their product for £ 25.00 or $39.85. After a quick search on the internet, Flightstrap's website is the only location to purchase the product... Article Title: Flightstrap Universal Media Player Holder Review @ Legit Reviews Article URL: http://legitreviews.com/article/1096/1/ -- You may automatically unsubscribe from this list at any time by visiting the following URL: "

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In Win Maelstorm Full Tower Case Review @ XtremeComputing
"Today I will be reviewing the In Win Maelstrom, a full tower chassis. In Win is not the most well known brand, at least amongst UK enthusiasts, however with the ambitions and working ethic that In Win have set out, I am looking forward to reviewing their latest PC Case."

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GSKILL Rip Jaw 2000MHz Memory @ Bjorn3D
"With the introduction of the P55 chipest and the new socket type, 1156, comes a old but new standard. Like the CPU's of old, the newer 1156 socket CPUs use a dual channel memory controller."

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nMediaPC 6000B HTPC Computer Case @ Benchmark Reviews
"More and more consumers these days seem to have some sort of home theater set up in which they incorporate a computer. Many people use a PC in their living room to watch slideshows of their photos, browse the web on their large HDTV displays, or use their pc as a fully functional Home Theater PC for movies, games, music, and etc. Along with this growing trend, the concept of using a HTPC style case for your living room computer is becoming more popular. People don't want some big ugly tower sitting in the middle of their living room, but would rather have a stylish looking case that can match the decor of their other home theater components, and offer many additional features useful to HTPC setups. Benchmark Reviews has the pleasure of checking out one of the HTPC cases offered by nMedia. This stylish and functional desktop ATX-style case boasts many features one would find useful in a HTPC setting such as a front LCD readout and front ports for things such as USB, Media Cards, Audio, eSATA, and Firewire, all in an attractive package that can easily match your other theater components."

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Wednesday, October 7, 2009
Fujifilm FinePix S200EXR Review @ Digital Trends
"We're big DSLR boosters because of their fast response and enhanced picture quality. Yet we're the first to admit that carrying around a hefty DSLR all day with several lenses is a pain. That's why compact point-and-shoots remain so popular (lower prices certainly help as well). The new FinePix S200EXR tries to carve a path in between the two types of cameras. It offers rapid, aim-and-forget shooting, and its built-in 14.3x manual zoom has a focal range of 30.5-436mm - something that would cost a small fortune if you bought comparable interchangeable DSLR lenses. The 12-megapixel digicam also has loads of tweaks to satisfy shutterbugs at all levels. The camera will set you back around $535, a tidy sum when you have many quality mega-zooms and high-quality point-and-shoots available for less, let alone entry-level DSLRs. Value, as always, is in the eye of the reviewer, so let's put the S200EXR through its paces."

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Thermaltake TR2 1000 Watt Power Supply @ Bjorn3D
"Thermaltake has been the leader in a number of the top of the line power supplies on the market, including the Thermaltake Toughpower Series power supplies. Many PC enthusiasts use mid or high end computer components from Quad-Core processors to dual or even triple video card setups. Not to mention, as computers get faster, most of the time they also require more power."

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Zotac MAG ION Nettop @ techPowerUp
"Zotac is well known for their graphic cards, but the company goes one step further and applies their engineering skills we have come to love in form of their mini-ITX boards and poured them into their first NVIDIA ION Nettop. The Zotac MAG packs a dual core Atom 330 with an ION platform, 2 GB of memory and 160 GB of hard drive space along with a few other surprises. All for an extremely competitive price tag."

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IN-WIN Maelstrom Full Tower Case Review @ Legit Reviews
"The IN-WIN Maelstrom case is a full tower chassis in their Destiny-extreme series which, if you can’t discern from the name, is geared towards high-end systems. While a full tower case, it is not quite as overwhelmingly large as some in that category although it still has some heft to it at roughly 27lbs. Retailing for $109.99 shipped, the IN-WIN Maelstrom certainly is a fair amount cheaper than many higher-end cases and hopefully after reading this, you’ll have a good idea as well as our opinion on if the price represents a good value for this product..."

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Thecus N5500 NAS @ Bjorn3D
"Average file sizes increaseing at a huge rate, while your computers hard drive stays the same size. You may be someone who needs to store many files, or just a few large ones. What ever your application, a NAS system can not only free up space on your computer, but allow for more expansion options over your computer (especialy laptop). in the time it takes you to tear your whole laptop apart, or open your case and screw in a new HDD, you could have installed multiple hard drives in the N5500 NAS. Not only that, but you can accesses these hard drives from any computer on your network, so you can choose to work in the most comfortable in your office or house. Today we will try out one of the higher end NAS systems, the Thecus N5500."

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Buffalo WZR2-G300N Nfiniti Wireless-N Router @ Benchmark Reviews
"A Wireless router offers flexibility in that you can share your high speed broadband with a mixture of wired and wireless connectivity or just pure wireless connectivity without the need of the main computer being switched on. For a lot of people in the consumer market the different wireless specifications may not mean a lot (or anything) and some companies take advantage of this and continue selling G spec routers, but with broadband speed on the rise and also wireless integration into a lot more applications such as Gaming consoles, Media streamers, Handheld gaming, Mobile phones and Laptops / Notebooks / Netbooks it makes sense to ensure your wireless also stays up to speed with wireless N. As wireless networking has proliferated homes and offices around the world, and network vendors keep releasing with new devices on a regular basis, you now have so many options that it's hard to make a choice. The truth of the matter is, regardless of how many things a wireless router or access point can do, the two most important things about them are their speed and their range. Today Benchmark Reviews focuses on Buffalo Technology and their AirStation WZR2-G300N Wireless-N Nfiniti Router which has 2 modes, Wireless router or Access point."

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Tuesday, October 6, 2009
XFX Radeon HD 5870 Review @ Digital Trends
"The wheel has now come full circle: AMD, once content to leave the high end of the graphics processor market to Nvidia, is lording over its rival with a GPU that's not only supremely powerful, but reasonably affordable, too. Then again, affordability lies in the eye of the beholder, and you might not think that $380 for a new video card is the least bit reasonable. But it wasn't all that long ago that acquiring the unquestioned number-one card would set you back $600-and some people were buying two to achieve even faster performance and higher resolution. But the 5870 isn't just scorching fast, it's also the first-and currently only-GPU that's capable of playing games based on Microsoft's DirectX 11, the next-generation programming environment that promises to open new whole new vist-uh, well, let's just say DirectX 11 should enable game developers to build some fantastic looking new games. But you don't need to wait for those games to arrive to tap this chip's power-the good news is that it's supremely fast with the most demanding games on the market right now."

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Sennheiser HD 438 Review @ Digital Trends
"Popular manufacturer Sennheiser just unleashed a trio of cushy cans under its HD headphone line. Designed for lounging around the house or for use on the go, the HD 428 focuses on lower frequencies and powerful bass, while the top-of-the-line HD 448 boasts the best details. We got our sweaty mitts on the middle-of-the-road offering, the HD 438, which the company says is all about a natural signature sound, with booming bass as well."

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Sapphire HD 4650 AGP @ Bjorn3D
"Somehow though some twist of fate, AGP seems to just keep going. Despite the old standard being replaced by PCIE (currently being replaced by PCIE 2.0) there never seems to be a shortage of AGP cards. Up to this point there really hasn't been an extremely good AGP card. The ATI X1950 and Nvidia 7950 GT are still considered the kings of the AGP bus. That is until the 3850 which took over the crown, but the 3850 consumes much more power than the 4650. While the 4650 is considered a mid range card it manages to outpower these old behemoths. If you still own either a 1950, 7950 GT, or a 3850 then there isn't a whole lot of sense in upgradeing to this card since your better off buying a whole new system, but it may be an option for someone out there running on an older AGP card. At least this upgrade will give you more frames in game to make it playable."

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Turtle Beach Ear Force P21 Gaming Headset @ Legit Reviews
"The latest offering from Turtle Beach for the PlayStation3 is the Ear Force P21 gaming headset. I would not describe myself as an avid gamer, but I’ve recently started playing Killzone2’s online multiplayer via the PlayStation Network (PSN). The play is team oriented and my inability to communicate was proving to be a real disadvantage. I needed a good headset that allowed me to hear the game in stereo while being able to talk to my PSN teammates..."

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G-Cube IB-710P Secure Fit Metallic Ear Buds For Women Review @ Tweaknews
"There are a myriad of ear buds on the market and you've got $20 burning a hole in your pocket. What is the advantage of choosing the G-Cube ear buds over the competition? For starters they are comfortable, adjustable, and sound good. Add a carrying pouch, extension cord, and the choice of several different colors and you have a pretty good value for the money."

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Cyber Acoustics AC-401 Gaming Headset Review @ BmR
"As we spend more time communicating through electronic means it's not surprising to see an increase of gadgets designed to improve the experience. When it comes to audio, most of the attention in consumer devices gets spent on the listening experience. 5.1 surround sound has become a standard, but what average user even has the capability to record in stereo? Yet the quantity of audio content produced by average users should not be ignored. Online videos, music, conferencing, chatting and gaming are on the rise. Cyber Acoustics is one company that has recognized a need for improved audio quality produced by the average user. The Cyber Acoustics AC-401 Circumaural Speech Recognition Stereo Headset uses 'Direct Noise Canceling Technology' to reduce background noise so you can be heard loud and clear. Here at Benchmark Reviews we bring out the scale to see how this headset weighs-in."

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Monday, October 5, 2009
Xigmatek's first ever case - The Midgard reviewed in Metku
"Xigmatek is entering the case market with their first case - The Midgard. Midgard follows the current trend of highly ventilated gaming cases. Cost effective solution that will save some cash for other components?"

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Samsung Instinct HD Review @ Digital Trends
"In the last couple of weeks, Sprint announced that it would start selling the HTC Hero Android phone on October 11 - the same day that Samsung's Instinct HD goes on sale. Not only will the Hero steal the Instinct's thunder, though. It will - and should - steal its customers as well. Up and down, the Hero is superior in every way except one: The inclusion of an HD camcorder, a first for cellular phones. Mind you, it's not that the Samsung Instinct HD is a bad option as mobile handsets go. But in the face of the cheaper Hero and even cheaper Palm Pre, both of which offer open operating systems, realize. With its clunky proprietary OS, the Instinct HD is, save for the exception of the high-definition camcorder, nearly an instant anachronism."

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AMD Athlon II X4 620 2.6 GHz @ techPowerUp
"Not having a performance leading product doesn't mean the end of a company. AMD is the hardcore proof of that. Turning its attention to the much larger mainstream market resulted in some great products that offer amazing performance at low price points. This time, AMD has outdone itself, and the recently introduced Athlon II X4 620 could very well be a dream come true for mainstream users, the first ever quad core processor for just under $100."

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MSI P55-GD65 Motherboard Review @ Legit Reviews
"The MSI P55-GD65 is a solid motherboard that offers users a full range of overclocking and tweaking options. All in all, this is a great motherboard for the price. Combined with a Core i5 750 CPU this would be a killer gaming system on a budget, and one that would reach 3.6GHz with very little effort. It's an incredibly good board that still maintains the value that the Core i5 and i7 800 series CPU's shoots for..."

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Asus Maximus 3 ROG LGA 1156 Motherboard @ Bjorn3D
"Once in a while when the stars align themselves just right and the moon has a blue ring around it a motherboard of epic proportions falls from the sky and graces mankind with the gift of ultimate overclockability and sheer beauty. Every feature works perfectly and the overclocking flows like a mountain stream during spring snow melts. It doesn't happen very often that such a motherboard is gifted to use from the computing gods high on top Mount Geek but when it does it's something you will never forget."

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Enhancing The Windows Media Center Experience @ BmR
"The proliferation of multimedia audio and video formats, including Blu-Ray, and an increasing array of TV and web based services have made the home theatre personal computer (HTPC) a powerful convergence device. With the imminent release of Microsoft's Windows 7 Operating System, Benchmark Reviews explores the evolution of the Windows HTPC Platform. We will also examine the efforts of a global community of users and premium developers, who have used Microsoft's product to showcase their skills and highlight their passion to make the PC a core component of the home entertainment setup."

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Sunday, October 4, 2009
Gogo Inflight Internet Speed Tested and Used @ Legit Reviews
"As soon as we got the Gogo Inflight Internet service up and running, we went to speedtest.net and ran a broadband internet speed test and then did three more at roughly one hour intervals. The results showed that we were getting anywhere from 1.2 to 2.1 Mb/s when it comes to download speeds and 0.1 to 0.36 Mb/s for upload speeds..."

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Friday, October 2, 2009
ABS Tigas Super Full Tower Chassis Review @ Legit Reviews
"The ABS Tigas has a price tag of $499 plus shipping; this officially makes it the single most expensive case ever reviewed at Legit Reviews. Is it worth the price tag? Well that decision is yours and yours alone; budgets may vary. Now, is the Tigas a very well built, classy looking case that has the features that any enthusiast would want in a case for storage, interior space, and the almighty quiet factor? Oh yeah..."

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HTC Hero Review @ Digital Trends
"If you're a Sprint customer tired of listening to your rapturous iPhone-owning buds rave about the device while waiting for a decent smartphone alternative to arrive on the network, rejoice - your wait is over. Sprint's Android-powered Hero, made by HTC, isn't perfect - in fact, the cellular handset's often really sluggish - but it does offer several compelling reasons to buy. Think multi-touch pinch in/out resizing of photos and Web pages, plus Outlook sync - just like the iPhone. In addition, the device actually improves on Apple's offering in several noteworthy ways, including a sharper 5MP camera, haptic feedback on its QWERTY keyboard and a microSD slot for expandable storage."

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Gigabyte GV-N26OC-896I @ Bjorn3D
"Unlike motherboards, where manufacturers have options to add features and components to differentiate one board from another, graphics cards often are manufactured with the same design specifications. In order to stand out in the sea of vendors, manufacturers often resort to after-market coolers to provide better cooling. In addition, they will sell cards with higher clock-speeds than the reference speeds, or bundle it with different accessories and games. They may also provide different warranty options, such as lifetime warranty or a double lifetime warranty."

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Thursday, October 1, 2009
Sony alpha DSLR-A850 Review @ Digital Trends
"Even in this era of rapidly plunging HDTV, Blu-ray disc player and game console prices, some devices remain very expensive. Case in point: full-frame DSLRs. These cameras use sensors that are the same size as a frame of 35mm film, so photo quality is outstanding, but you'll pay for this performance. Until the introduction of the new A850, the most"

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Bose QuietComfort 15 Review @ Digital Trends
"Here's today's quiz-guess how many headphones will be bought in the U.S. this year? If you said 68 million, you'd win the prize. The vast majority are earbuds for music players with a chunk (12 million) the classic wired-headband, DJ-wannabe style cans. A much smaller portion of these are noise-canceling type, the kind that shuts out the outside world and lets you concentrate on the music, soundtrack or whatever you're listening to. Bose, the venerable audio company, really made this latter type of headphone popular and its classic QuietComfort 2 model is frequently spotted on dozing airplane passengers. The QC2's - originally introduced in 2003 - hadn't been upgraded since 2005, however. So Bose researchers sealed themselves in a lab and came up with the QuietComfort 15. After settling into an airline seat, it was our turn to try them out."

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Gameskulls GS-1 Tactical Gaming Helmet Headphones @ Legit Reviews
"Three things are very important when you enter the virtual battlefield; the ability to hear your enemy's foot steps, the ability to communicate with your fellow combatants, and protection from a flying energy drink can when you frag the guy two rows away from you. I know you are all thinking... does such a thing exist? It does now my friends. Allow me to introduce the Gameskulls G-1 Tactical Gaming Helmet. And at $69.95 this kind of protection comes cheap, much cheaper than the lunch money pilfered off you in school all those years... nerd. Bet you wish you had this helmet back then, I know I do..."

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MSI Afterburner @ Bjorn3D
"Since the introduction of RivaTuner, which is a very common video card overclocking utility for Nvidia and ATI based video cards, a lot of computer manufacturers have been trying to come up with their own special program that gives us users the same abilities that RivaTuner does. A lot of times these special programs fail miserably, and one of the reasons for this is because they will only work on that manufacturers components, or they are still very limited on overclocking options."

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Seasonic 850WATT S12D PSU @ Bjorn3D
"The power supply is the most important peice of computer hardware we will ever purchase. Having too little of a power supply in our computers, can give us lower performance levels, overheating, lock ups, crashes, to all out torching of our most valued computer components."

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