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Monday, November 30, 2009
NZXT Tempest EVO @ techPowerUp
"NZXT has taken the Tempest chassis and updated it with numerous small and large improvements. Now called the Tempest EVO it does not only feature design updates but new additions in fuctionality as well. All this, while keeping the same introductory MSRP as the original."

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In Win Maelstrom Full Tower Computer Case Review @ Tweaknews
"In Win’s Maelstrom chassis has a lot to recommend it. The outstanding cooling performance is probably its greatest asset, and the fact that this cooling comes at such a low noise penalty is just icing on the cake. A roomy interior that will mount just about any hardware you would want to throw at it is a big plus as well."

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EVGA GeForce GT 240 SuperClocked Video Card Review @ Legit Reviews
"The GeForce GT 220 video card's 48 processing cores do not really provide enough horse power to play today's popular game titles with some of the eye candy turned on. With twice as many stream processors the EVGA GeForce GT 240 SuperClocked video card is able to better play games and our testing showed that in certain scenarios this video card can nearly double the performance of the GeForce GT 220. If you don't use anti-aliasing and use resolutions of 1280x1024 or 1440x900 for gaming then this card is a very good choice. For those looking for a budget graphics card that is overclocking friendly, we found this retail boxed card to overclock very well. Overclocking core from 550MHz to 665MHz and the stream processors from 1340MHz to 1810MHz was a much higher overclock than what we expected, but we'll take it and run. For a single slot graphics card these are very impressive numbers and the 400+ MHz increase we got on the stream processors is what really made a noticea ble difference in games and applications. If you happen to be running applications like F@H you know how big of a performance difference this overclock will make!"

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Thermaltake Element V Chassis @ Bjorn3D
"Being around for a decade, Thermaltake is well known as a dependable manufacturer for performance"

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Sunday, November 29, 2009
AVIVO PureVideo HD DXVA GPU Acceleration Guide @ BmR
"HTPCs and HD content are growing more and more around the GPU industry. ATI and NVIDIA have been working on technologies to playback and enhance this video content for many years. NVIDIA started working on their Purevideo technology and added the Purevideo HD some time ago. ATI on the other hand, has their own AVIVO technology and as it was obvious, they name their latest technology AVIVO HD. Now, while these technologies have been marketed too much, I´ve noticed that the big consumers majority doesn´t even know how to use them. The real problem is that neither NVIDIA nor ATI have done enough to help people use their technology. They can bombard you with so many pictures, images and text but neither of these things will offer a simple guide on how to use the software tools in the real world. Here at Benchmark Reviews, we will teach you how to use your GPU to playback and enhance HD video content, and we´re not limited to DVD or Blu-ray content, because we´ll also address *.mkv files so that you can enjoy your stored multimedia. There is so much content available for download from Internet which can be reproduced without using your CPU, that it makes good sense to enhance the image quality whenever possible. Please, have a read at our AVIVO-HD PureVideo-HD DXVA GPU Acceleration Guide and enjoy the Full High Definition experience as it was meant to be!"

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Fractal Design - Define R2 System Enclosure review in Metku
"A while ago I saw a case called Define R2 from a Swedish manufacturer, Fractal Design. I thought the specs were great and the price was very reasonable, if it was able to deliver what it promised. Now we will find out!"

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Saturday, November 28, 2009
HIS Radeon HD 5750 iCooler IV 1 GB @ techPowerUp
"HIS designed a Radeon HD 5750 that uses a nearly silent cooler by Arctic Cooling which makes this card a premium choice for HTPC or quiet gaming PC. Even though the cooler is quiet, the temperatures are low, which means you can get some nice overclocking out of your card. In our case around 20% free extra performance."

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Friday, November 27, 2009
NZXT Beta Evo Mid Tower Black Steel Computer Case @ Legit Reviews
"All in all if you are looking for a killer looking case that isn't going to set your wallet on fire the NZXT Beta Evo is a great case choice. It keeps your system cool even without the use of all of the extra fans and there is plenty of room to tinker around and build your system out properly."

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Sapphire HD 5970 OC @ Bjorn3D
"It seems like every year we are presented with a brand new graphics card that leaps ahead of the competition and steals the performance crown. This last happened when the Nvidia GTX295 jumped ahead of the 4870X2. Recharged, ATI is finally ready to jump ahead of Nvidia with the 5970. ATI made an interesting choice on the name here. Previously they included an X2 after the name of the card's GPU's. This time ATI decided to just name the series of cards with a flat number, similar to what Nvidia has done with the GTX295."

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Evercool HPK-10025EA Heatpipe Intel CPU Cooler Review @ Tweaknews
"Evercool seems to have hit upon a good cooling design with the HPK-10025EA. Finally a small, low profile cooler has arrived that can really perform better than the OEM unit without breaking the bank."

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Thursday, November 26, 2009
Patriot Viper-II DDR3 Lynnfield Memory Kit @ Benchmark Reviews
"In testing the Lynnfield platform, we've have had to stick to fairly moderate memory speeds to ensure uniformity with the other Benchmark Reviews test platforms. Even at these speeds, though, Lynnfield has already proven an excellent performer in terms of memory bandwidth. In this review, we'll push our system even further with the help of a 2000MHz DDR3 kit from Patriot. As part the of the Viper II Sector 5 Series, the PVV34G2000LLKB kit we're testing was designed specifically for the P55 platform and should provide some insight into how Lynnfield handles high performance memory."

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Asus HD 5970 Voltage Tweak Edition @ Bjorn3D
"With each new generation of GPU we see better designs capable of cranking out more FPS and handling new levels of DirectX. The 58xx series from ATI/AMD is no exception. The first GPU's we saw in that line were the 5870 and 5850 and we were thrilled with those. We didn't expect to see a dual core 58xx GPU this soon in the cores evolution."

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Wednesday, November 25, 2009
Thermaltake BlacX Duet HDD Docking Station @ Legit Reviews
"The Thermaltake BlacX Duet offers the most flexibility available on a hard drive docking station with capacity for two drives and supporting both eSATA and USB 2.0 connections. With Thermaltake's reputation as well as pricing in the sweet-spot of the product line, the BlacX Duet makes a nice supplement to desktop or notebook PC's without the hassle of cracking open the case for expansion..."

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Gigabyte GA-P55-UD4P LGA 1156 Motherboard @ Bjorn3D
"With the new LGA 1156 platform, Gigabyte introduced five new motherboards; the P55 UD3L, P55-UD3R, P55-UD4P, P55-UD5, and the P55-UD6. The P55-UD3L is the least expensive costing $124 USD and the UD6 is the most expensive costing $249 USD. Coming right in the middle of the pack is the P55-UD4P, costing $169 USD. Gigabyte has given every potential buyer a quality choice depending on their budget and we are very proud to report that the Gigabyte GA-P55-UD6 we reviewed previously performed valiantly. We were given the opportunity to evaluate the P55-UD4P and we are very anxious to see how it stacks up against its siblings."

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Cooler Master Elite 310 ATV Computer Case Review @ Tweaknews
"It seems that Cooler Master has done what many budget chassis makers have been trying to do for some time now, to produce an inexpensive case that has the right stuff in the interior and some high style to boot. Their Elite 310 case will house your hardware, keep it fairly cool and look good doing it for the miserly sum of around $35-40 US."

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Radeon HD 5770 CrossFireX Performance Scaling @ BmR
"This article is all about answering one question: how well does the Radeon HD 5770 scale in CrossFireX performance tests. Benchmark Reviews has already investigated and published two reviews for video cards based on the HD5770 "Juniper" chip; an engineering sample from ATI and a production card from XFX. They both acquitted themselves quite well, and we included some CrossFireX test results in the XFX review, using two cards strapped together on an Intel P45 platform. This time we take a look at how 1, 2, and 3 cards work together on our new Windows 7 test suite, with an AMD 790FX motherboard."

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Tuesday, November 24, 2009
AMD Phenom II x4 965 Black Edition with Stepping C3 reviewed in Metku
"In our first CPU review in a long while we'll take a look at the AMD Phenom 2 X4 965 Black Edition. Now the 965BE has been out for a while already, but Nov 4th AMD launched a new version of the chip, now using the C3 stepping."

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Powercolor HD 5750 PCS 1024 MB @ techPowerUp
"Powercolor's new HD 5750 PCS relies on a copper cooling solution by Zerotherm to keep the card cool. It does so without much fan noise and while being twice as energy efficient as the HD 4850 which is comparable in performance."

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ASUS Maximus III GENE @ Bjorn3D
"Earlier this year (2009) ASUS introduced a motherboard that has all of the capabilities, and features that only the full sized counterparts had. These motherboards were all based upon the micro-ATX standard design, during my time using these micro ATX motherboards these little 'Bad Boys' quickly became known as the 'Mini Monsters' around these parts. In short not only did they keep up with there full sized brethren, they were able to out clock and in some cases out perform full sized motherboards."

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Sapphire HD5770 Videocard Review @ Tweaknews
"For a DirectX 11 launching point, the HD5770 from Sapphire is surprisingly a very quick and powerful videocard for little money. Right out of the box it plays with the HD4850, bullies it around the school yard then takes its lunch. Then it runs over to the HD4870, runs circles around it, and then gives it a black eye."

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Monday, November 23, 2009
Chromium OS, Moblin, Ubuntu Netbook Remix Benchmarks
"Intel released Moblin 2.1 earlier this month, Canonical released Ubuntu Netbook Remix 9.10 late last month, and various other vendors have offered up their fall distribution refreshes too. Oh yeah, and Google just released the Chromium OS source code a few days ago! With all of the netbook-focused distribution updates, we found it time to run an onslaught of new benchmarks, comparing some of the leaders in this field along with running a couple full-blown desktop distributions for this round of Linux netbook benchmarking. Here are our benchmarks, including the world's first look at the Chromium OS (Chrome OS) system performance from the latest development build. Covered is everything from the video playback performance to encoding to battery power consumption and CPU/memory usage tests."

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VidaBox Premium Wireless Keyboard @ techPowerUp
"In this revision of the popular Vidabox Premium HTPC Keyboard, Vidabox has optimized for longer battery life and greater wireless range to ensure better long term usability, which makes it an outstanding HTPC keyboard. We take a closer look at this fine keyboard and show you how well it performs."

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FW: Inno3D GeForce GT220 Graphics card Review @ XtremeComputing
"Today we are looking at the Nvidia GT220 1GB graphics card from Inno3D. This is an entry level graphics card from nvidia which supports DX10 and CUDA. Now that Inno3D have been introduced....."

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Seagate Barracuda 2TB Sata 3 (Sata 6Gb/s) (ST32000641AS CC11) @ Bjorn3D
"The long awaited Sata 3 interface is finally here. The new interface promises to offer twice the bandwidth of the older Sata 2 interface. Currently hard drives don't challenge the Sata 2 bandwidth unless your talking Raid arrays. More than likely SSD Raid arrays. Seagate estimates that within 2 - 3 years we will need the additional bandwidth that Sata 3 offers but the fledgling technology is here now."

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Inno3D GeForce GT220 Graphics card Review @ XtremeComputing
"Today we are looking at the Nvidia GT220 1GB graphics card from Inno3D. This is an entry level graphics card from nvidia which supports DX10 and CUDA. Now that Inno3D have been introduced....."

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NZXT Gamma Gaming Case Review @ Benchmark Reviews
"Whether you just need a computer for surfing the web or if you are on a quest to construct the ultimate gaming machine, it all begins with the case. NZXT has recently released a mid-tower case for all arenas: the Gamma. This extraordinarily light case is packed with features normally seen only in high-end (and high-priced) gaming cases, and it brings it all to the table for only $49.99. Benchmark Reviews will take you on a full-spectrum tour of the GAMA-001BK ATX case. NZXT has set a high standard for itself in the performance computing market. Will this case meet that standard with its beyond belief bargain price point? Follow me inside to find out."

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Saturday, November 21, 2009
NZXT M59 Mid-Tower Computer Case @ Benchmark Reviews
"I am a case snob. The cases I like are brushed aluminum, have removable motherboard trays, neatly rolled edges, finished interiors, cable management, and so forth. They have SATA backplanes and mounts for triple-120 radiators. A certain degree of style doesn't hurt, either. Of course cases like this are expensive, but since I have to look at them all day, I figure they're worth it. In this article, Benchmark Reviews inspects the NZXT M59 Mid-Tower computer case, which at a suggested retail price of $59.99 is hardly in the milieu I'm become accustomed to. Will the design flair evident in NZXT's $400 Khaos gaming case be in evidence here? Let's see."

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Friday, November 20, 2009
Thermaltake SD100 mini ITX Home Theater Chassis @ Legit Reviews
"Thermaltake's SD100 small home theater chassis stands out as a case that blends in extremely well. Think about that for a moment. The glossy black finish, the small footprint, and the silver buttons make for a computer case that would make any home theater setup look better without drawing much attention. For installation, Thermaltake did an excellent job designing the interior to maximize cooling while giving users enough room to fit components easily. With solid construction, a great air filter, and quiet fans, the SD100 serves as a great entry level HTPC case..."

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Leadtek GT 220 @ Bjorn3D
"There are many video cards out there to satisfy gamers, multimedia users and other 3D work related users, however there are not many video cards out there that can be used in low profile system. Not only that, but some low profile video cards are also weak in performance. It is getting hard to find a decent card which will give excellent performance while watching your HD movies or just playing some games. But there might be some good news. The new Leadtek GT220 video card is a small standard or low-profile video card that will allow you to watch your favorite HD movies at home as well as put on some mild gaming every now and then."

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Palit GeForce GT 240 Sonic 1 GB @ techPowerUp
"Today NVIDIA launches their first GDDR5 graphics card. The new GeForce GT 240 is based on NVIDIA's brand-new 40 nm G215 graphics processor and features 96 shaders. Palit has built an overclocked "Sonic" Edition card that comes with high clock speeds out of the box and features a sensible temperature based fan control mechanism."

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Thursday, November 19, 2009
QNAP TS-419P NAS 4-Bay Network Storage @ Benchmark Reviews
"Benchmark Reviews has monitored the network storage industry for several years now, and the same three features have always held the highest demand: speed, data redundancy, and simple operation. QNAP has earned the title of NAS pioneer, not by being the first to have a network attached storage (NAS) device on the market, but by being the first to consistently offer fast Gigabit Ethernet speeds with failover, RAID hard drive functionality, and a diverse feature-rich user interface. In this article, Benchmark Reviews test the QNAP TS-419P Turbo NAS based on the Marvell 6281 'Kirkwood' processor."

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Elixir 6 GB 1600 MHz CL9 Tri-Channel @ techPowerUp
"Elixir is known for their standard JEDEC modules, usually found in budget and mid-range systems. Their 1600 MHz tri-channel kit tries to give you that same value with a hint of overclockability thrown in the mix, for those who want that magical 1600 MHz speed, while spending as little as possible."

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OCZ Agility 60GB SSD (SLC) @ Bjorn3D
"The OCZ Agility EX 60GB drive we are looking at today runs about $400 so they are pricey drives. That works out to $6.67 per Gigabyte of storage which is expensive compared to ordinary platter drives. Take your run of the mill 500GB platter drive which can easily be found for about $59.99 for a 7200 RPM 16MB cache drive, those run about $0.11 a gigabyte. The platter drives tend to run in the 60 - 70MB/s range and most end users settle for that and are happy with the considerable savings."

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Patriot Box Office HD Media Player Review @ Legit Reviews
"The performance of the Patriot Box Office HD Media Player was incredible. High definition movies and lossless music played quickly and stutter-free. Even large-format images that we captured in JPG or TFF looked great on our TVs. Overall, we were really pleased with this device and would recommend it over others in this price range mainly because we can use a local hard drive. Unlike the Western Digital where the WDTV Live can “partner” with a USB connected drive externally, the Patriot Box Office solution is sleeker and more functional..."

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Antec Notebook Cooler 200 @ Benchmark Reviews
"Convection is when moving air transfers heat to or from a surface. This is the method used by most laptop coolers to keep your CPU, GPU and other critical components from overheating. There are three major factors to effective cooling (or heating), namely temperature difference, surface area, and air flow. Any differences in these factors will lead to differences in performance, even for the same cooler. The Benchmark Reviews team tries hard to provide you with fair and repeatable testing. The Antec Notebook Cooler 200 uses all three factors to achieve effective cooling with minimal power. Our tests show which of those factors makes the biggest difference. We also consider ergonomics, looks and quality."

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Wednesday, November 18, 2009
Mac OS X 10.6.2 vs. Ubuntu 9.10 Benchmarks
"Back in August upon the launch of Apple's Snow Leopard we delivered benchmarks comparing Mac OS X 10.5 and Mac OS X 10.6 along with initial benchmarks of how Ubuntu 9.10 was running against Mac OS X 10.6. Since that time though Ubuntu 9.10 has been officially released with various changes since last August and Apple has issued two point releases for Snow Leopard, now putting it at version 10.6.2. As we await the release of FreeBSD 8.0 to deliver a larger operating system comparison, we have carried out a fresh round of tests comparing Mac OS X 10.6.2 and Ubuntu 9.10 (both x86 and x86_64 editions) under a variety of tests."

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Kingston SSDNow V 40GB @ Bjorn3D
"The biggest obstacle to mainstreaming SSD's has been price per gigabyte and overall cost of individual SSD's. Leave it to Kingston to break the price barrier and deliver a 40GB Kingston SSDNow for a measly $115 (Before MIR). Not only are they delivering a $115 SSD, they are delivering an Intel controller and Intel Nand flash SSD."

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ATI Radeon HD 5970 Dual-GPU Video Card Review @ Legit Reviews
"The Radeon HD 5970 fully supports DX11 and ATI Eyefinity multi-display technology, which are two features that NVIDIA can't offer on any of their graphics cards. Those are two key features that have been driving video card sales for months and with more and more DirectX 11 title games coming out it would be safe to assume that more gamers will be making the move to AMD based graphics cards. Radeon HD 5970 is also very overclockable. This is partly due to the Overvolt tool as you can get even more performance out of this card. The ATI Radeon HD 5970 graphics card is in a league of its own and is clearly king of the hill. O Fermi, Fermi, wherefore art thou Fermi? NVIDIA better hope that their GT300 Fermi series of video cards pack a mean punch because they are going to need all the help they can get..."

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Thermaltake BlacX Duet Dual Hard Drive Docking Station Review @ Tweaknews
"The BlacX Duet is a very simple yet effective product for quickly accessing data on any two hard drives. And when I say any two drives, I mean it in a literal sense. The docking station supports all 2.5” and 3.5” SATA drives up to 2TB, so the chances of incompatibility with any current drives you have are slim to none. Furthermore, installation is completely tool-free and the absence of fans allow for silent operation."

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ATI Radeon HD 5970 Hemlock Video Card Review @ BmR
"ATI now dominates the graphics industry with their DirectX 11 Radeon HD 5000-series video cards, which allows them to enjoy current-generation gaming on Windows 7 and Vista. The ATI Radeon HD 5870 has already beat the worn and weathered GeForce GTX 285, just as the Radeon HD 5850 and HD5770 do at their respective price points. By combining two Cypress XT GPUs together on one PCB, the ATI Radeon HD 5970 video card will now compete against the very best NVIDIA can offer: the GeForce GTX 295. In this article, Benchmark Reviews tests the 'unlocked' Hemlock GPU against the top graphics products available and demonstrates just how much ground AMD has gained in a few short months."

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HIS Radeon HD 5970 CrossFire @ techPowerUp
"With the release of AMD's latest Radeon HD 5970, the question comes up "What can be gained by going CrossFire?" We investigate the quad GPU performance of the HIS Radeon HD 5970. Even though the setup rip a $1200 hole in your wallet, performance will make you smile."

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ASUS EAH5970 2 GB GDDR5 @ techPowerUp
"Today marks the day that AMD takes back the graphics card performance crown from NVIDIA. The new AMD Radeon HD 5970 comes with two fast Cypress GPUs on a single PCB. Using their latest power saving features, AMD achieved a very modest power consumption for this card which right now is the fastest money can buy."

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Tuesday, November 17, 2009
Going Beyond Just Measuring Frame Rates
"Yesterday marked the release of Phoronix Test Suite 2.2 and it was the best version yet with the addition of many new exciting and useful features. While this release was gratifying, there are much greater plans for the Phoronix Test Suite going into the next decade. It has already been shared that Windows support is coming, but there are other huge features coming too as soon as Q1'2010. Up to this point, most of the tests and the design of pts-core (the Phoronix Test Suite engine) have been focused on quantitative benchmarks with many of the tests spitting out a frame-rate, time, or some other measurement. However, now being supported in the Phoronix Test Suite is the ability to produce abstract results, such as screenshots used for image quality comparisons. The Phoronix Test Suite can now track the image quality of various test profiles (such as OpenGL games) across hardware configurations, drivers, and more. All of this is still leveraged upon the existing Phoronix Test Suite framework and our design philosophies so that even image quality comparisons can be carried out autonomously, the ability to compare many results side-by-side, support for carrying out these tests remotely via Phoromatic, and the ability to share your abstract results with others via Phoronix Global. Now not only can you be sure you are satisfied with the quantitative frame-rate of the hardware you have -- or are about to purchase -- but you have a plethora of options for looking at the qualitative performance too."

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Two Kingston 40GB V Series Boot Drive SSDs in RAID 0 @ Legit Reviews
"One of the negatives of the SSDNow V Series 40GB Boot Drive is the fact that it doesn't support TRIM functions in Windows 7. That really isn't a big deal as we don't know of any RAID drivers that do support TRIM. If you plan on running SSDs in RAID, you have already accepted that you want to give up TRIM support anyway. Other than that one negative, running a pair of Kingston SSDNow V Series 40GB Boot Drives in RAID 0 seemed like a solid setup. We found that the SATA 6Gbps controller isn't RAID bootable, but for someone with an Intel ICH10R chipset, this setup would be ideal and fun to play around with. The next time we try to play with a RAID setup we'll stick to the ICH10R or just spend the extra money and pick up a dedicated hardware RAID controller. Being able to hit 370MB/s read speeds in the ATTO benchmark pretty much sums up our experience with the Kingston SSDNow V Series 40GB Boot Drives in RAID!"

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MSI N240GT GeForce GT 240 512 MB GDDR5 @ techPowerUp
"Today NVIDIA launches their first GDDR5 graphics card. The new GeForce GT 240 is based on NVIDIA's brand-new 40 nm G215 graphics processor and features 96 shaders. It also includes several new features like support for DirectX 10.1, HDMI audio enhancements and extremely low power draw. But is that enough to justify a price of $100 ?"

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NVIDIA GeForce GT 240 Video Card Preview @ Legit Reviews
"The GeForce GT 240 is NVIDIA’s latest performance-class GPU that enables the mainstream PC to become vastly more functional and enjoyable. Compared to PCs using integrated graphics that struggle with today’s increasingly graphical and GPU-computing workloads, systems outfitted with GT 240 offer great general gaming performance, Power Gaming (PhysX acceleration + 3D Vision), and GPU Computing at under $99. With the addition of a GeForce GT240, a PC can also provide smooth HD video playback from Bluray, DivX, and Flash 10.1 sources, while also facilitating seamless HD video creation and editing. The concept of Power Gaming is more than just high performance graphics. Gamers using a GeForce GT 240 can enjoy the latest games with PhysX and 3D Vision for a truly immersive gaming experience..."

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Razer Orochi Mouse & Kabuto Mouse Pad @ Bjorn3D
"Lately Razer has been focusing more on niche products than all around gaming products. Take the Razer Naga which is designed specifically for MMOG, which is an exceptional online game mouse. Now they have ventured into mobile gaming and designed the Orochi Bluetooth and wired mouse. You get the convince of wireless Bluetooth operation and save your batteries for when your truly mobile. The Orochi has a small footprint but packs a big gaming punch for when your on the go. By some cruel twist of fate in our kit we also found a Kabuto mouse pad, and we were scheduled for a trip to California for a vendor meeting and factory tour so we took the Orochi and Kabuto out in the field for testing."

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NZXT Gamma Gaming Case Drawing @ Benchmark Reviews
"Benchmark Reviews will randomly draw one winner to receive a free NZXT Gamma gaming case in two weeks. All that's required is that you tell us what you would upgrade on your computer. Additional entries are available to Fans of Benchmark Reviews on Facebook."

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Monday, November 16, 2009
HIS Radeon HD4850 iCooler 1GB Videocard Review @ Tweaknews
"There is not a whole lot to say wrong about HIS's final HD4850 release for this chipset. The product does exactly what it was intended to do and that is to be a solid gamer with a quieter and more efficient cooler at a good price. HIS was smart to keep on supporting this product for the next while seeing it will sell very well even today."

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Sapphire 5870 Vapor X @ Bjorn3D
"Just as things seemed to quiet down a little bit, Microsoft threw us a new OS named Windows 7. This OS quickly became extremely popular among users, because it offered us the stability, and a unique user interfacing that we all been longing for in an OS. As always with a new OS comes newer capabilities, the one capability in specific is Direct X 11. Like its predecessors Direct X 11 promises, a completely new way of interaction with our games (environment). The time between February and September was a dead season. Mostly during this time the major computer manufacturers were re-optimizing their already proving hardware. There's been a lot of discussions and or speculation, on who would come out with what first, who would be the most powerful."

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Thecus N0204 miniNAS Pocket RAID Storage Review @ Legit Reviews
"The Thecus N0204 miniNAS is said to be the world’s smallest fully-featured NAS device. Measuring in at just 132 x 88 x 63 mm exterior, one could easily mistake the N0204 as a regular external hard drive. However, look closer and you will see a very capable two-bay NAS device that fits right in the palm of your hand. Thecus manages to make this work by using two 2.5” SATA hard disks, providing up to 1TB of storage. That means that this device uses laptop SATA hard drives or 2.5"

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Phoronix Test Suite 2.2 Further Expands The Linux Benchmarking Landscape
"Continuing in the tradition of providing feature-rich, quarterly updates to the Phoronix Test Suite, Phoronix Media has announced the immediate availability of Phoronix Test Suite 2.2 (codenamed"

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Intel Pentium E6300 2.80 GHz @ techPowerUp
"Intel continues to upgrade their processor lineup with the Pentium E6300. It offers a high stock frequency at 2.80 GHz and improved memory bandwidth due to increased FSB to 1066 MHz, this makes this processor a formidable opponent but the question remains. Can it do any damage to AMD's triple core Athlon II X3 Series?"

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Sunday, November 15, 2009
Logitech ClearChat PC Wireless Headset @ Benchmark Reviews
"Stereo headsets are becoming an essential part of any modern PC and, like keyboard and mice before them, they are finally going wireless. The freedom that a wireless headset provides will appeal to anyone, but with so many 2.4GHz wireless devices in every home, can a wireless headset really match the performance, clarity and comfort of its wired counterparts? Benchmark Reviews examines an impressive entry, the Logitech ClearChat PC Wireless Headset 981-000068, and finds out."

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Project: Ring Light - Improve your close up and macro photography - A modding project by Metku.net
"When taking close up photos, the lighting can become a problem. The good old flash works most of the time but usually it leaves nasty shadows that do not go well with the photo. In this project we will deal with the problem by constructing a Ring Light that removes these shadows."

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Saturday, November 14, 2009
SteelSeries Ikari Optical Gaming Mouse Review @ XtremeComputing
"Today I'll be looking at a premium grade gaming product - the SteelSeries Ikari Laser mouse. As the owner of a Logitech G9 gaming mouse, I understand the need in the market for this type of gaming/enthusiast inspired peripheral, and am looking forward to comparing the Ikari with the mouse (G9) I have befriended over the past year."

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Friday, November 13, 2009
SteelSeries 9HD Mouse Pad @ techPowerUp
"SteelSeries' latest mat is quite a tiger leap forward in terms of technology. Called 9HD this mat has the potential to fill the gap left behind from the elderly SteelSeries S&S mat which elevated SteelSeries to the elite of mouse mat manufacturers."

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EVGA GeForce GT 220 SSC DDR3 Video Card Review @ Legit Reviews
"Today, we will be looking at the EVGA GeForce GT 220 SSC DDR3 edition graphics card. This card has a factory overclocked core and shader clock speeds, which should help boost performance over the standard clock speeds of 625MHz and 1360MHz. The EVGA GeForce GT 220 SSC DDR3 has a core clock speed of 671MHz and a shader clock of 1458MHz. This is just over a 7% clock frequency boost on the GPU, so that should help out performance on the card's 48 stream processors..."

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SilverStone Raven RV02
"Earlier this year we reviewed the SilverStone Raven RV01 and loved this high-end computer chassis. We did not think it was quite superior to the SilverStone Temjin TJ10 that has been our favorite for years, but now SilverStone is out with the Raven RV02. Are there enough improvements in the RV02 to see if it can finally surpass the Temjin TJ10 as our favorite? Actually, yes."

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Feser One Non Conductive Fluid @ Bjorn3D
"For this review, we are going to pay attention to the fluid portion of a water cooling setup. Today we have Feser One's Non Conductive fluid to look at. Feser also has 10 different colors of fluid for users to really customize the look of their water cooling setups even more. We are going to do a comparison to our ever faithful winterized washer fluid, and compare the Feser One fluid to distilled water. Finally, the mad scientist in me will push things to the absolute limit. We are going to verify if the Feser One fluid is actually non-conductive."

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StarTech Dual-SATA HDD Docking Station Review @ BmR
"Benchmark Reviews has put a plethora of storage enclosures and systems through their paces and all of the predecessors fell neatly into readily recognizable categories. The StarTech SATADOCK22UE is a horse of a slightly different color offering features that bridge the existing product categories it's neither a case nor storage array, but has the capacity to allow access to single data drives as well as two drives independently or as a RAID array. It's a niche product with stealth appeal for main stream users who think outside the box. The SataDock product line comes in 4 flavors: single drive USB only desktop bay (SATADOCKU2E), single drive USB & eSATA desktop bay (SATADOCKU2), 5.25" Bay Dual Drive eSATA (SATADOCK525) and the top of the line dual drive, dual eSATA desktop dock SATADOCK22UE which we will be reviewing. While no doubt the intended audience for the SataDock product line is mainly corporate or professional PC repair and maintenance organizations, this small wonder has the potential to simplify the lives of a much broader audience if they can related to it's less obvious uses."

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Thursday, November 12, 2009
Cooler Master Hyper N620 Heatpipe CPU Cooler Review @ Tweaknews
"The Hyper N620 is available from several online retailers in the $45-$50 range. While you can get coolers for much less money, you're unlikely to find one that performs as well or looks as good as this Hyper."

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Leadtek PxVC1100 MPEG-2/H.264 Transcoding Card @ Legit Reviews
"Compared to even the latest CPU and Graphics hardware, the Spurs Engine held its own. Though testing different encoding/transcoding types and programs can be quite a headache, it’s easy to see that the Leadtek WinFast PxVC1100 is an MPEG-2/H.264 transcoding card can benefit those who do large amounts of this type of work. While there are only a couple of different formats to be used, they process very quickly and have outstanding quality. I have seen a lot of questions about taking SD quality video and converting to an HD format and most are answered with “don’t waste your time because it will be the same quality.” Well with the Spurs Engine, that answer can be thrown out. While taking SD quality video and reaching the quality of an original HD source would be impossible, the content was very clearly much higher quality than the source. Best of all was that this process was quick, encoding at about 20% faster than real time playback..."

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Xigmatek Midgard-W Computer Case Review @ BmR
"Xigmatek - A name that needs no introduction, But the first things that come to mind are CPU coolers, Right? A relatively young company, founded in 2005, Xigmatek has made some great quality coolers, 2 of which featured and performed very well in the Q2 best CPU cooler performance review here at Benchmark Reviews, Today's review focuses on the Xigmatek Midgard CPC-T55DB-U02 Computer Case, Big on features and while not an overly expensive case it is still closer to the top end of what I would call a Budget case. Tool free design, Midgard-W was designed by gaming and cooling thinking within tool-free hard drives and add-on card installation, easy installation CPU cooler back plate window, four pipe holes for water cooling system and seven cooling fan space at most. This case is certainly beautiful to look at, but looks are for the vain, Features and quality are essential to the success of a product. Will you be using this case in your next build? Come and take a closer look to see if this is the case ticks all the boxes for You."

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Wednesday, November 11, 2009
Inno3D GeForce GT 220 1 GB @ techPowerUp
"Inno3D's GeForce GT 220 uses NVIDIA's latest 40 nm graphics processor. It offers extremely low power consumption, especially in idle and has support for DirectX 10.1. It also features NVIDIA's new HDMI audio improvements, so you no longer need to route an SPDIF cable to the graphics card."

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Testing Out Linux File-Systems On A USB Flash Drive
"In past articles we have delivered plenty of file-system benchmarks from testing out EXT4 to Btrfs to NILFS2. We have also delivered benchmarks from traditional hard drives to solid-state drives. One area though where we have not published any file-system benchmarks is for USB flash drives. Most users end up staying with the default FAT32 file-system for flash drives, but are there any performance advantages to using EXT3, EXT4, XFS, Btrfs, or ReiserFS? We have the benchmarks today to share atop the latest Linux 2.6.32 kernel build."

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Cooler Master Storm Sniper Black Edition Case @ Legit Reviews
"I have very little (if anything) bad to say about the Cooler Master Sniper Black Edition (SGC-6000-KXN1-GP). This is one very nice case. It has loads of room and is relatively light. It gives the end user the ability to remove unwanted items, add in needed items, and reconfigure fan locations. As open as the case is it is very quiet; on low you don’t even know the system is running. I turned it off once by accident by hitting the power button because I had the LEDs off and I thought the system was off. With the case on high it will be noticeable, but I don’t see you having to turn up the TV due to it..."

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ABS SL Series 1050 Power Supply @ Bjorn3D
"If you recently made an upgrade to the Core i7 system you may found that your older power supply may not able to support the C6 power saving feature that is found in the Nahalem processor. The C6 power saving turns of the core clock, PLL, and the caches. As a result, it is able to lower the core voltage even lower than the C4 state. It is estimated that the C6 uses about 300% less power than the C4."

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Kingston SSDNow V 40GB Boot Drive SSD @ Benchmark Reviews
"For years, Kingston has sold system memory upgrade kits to help boost personal computer performance. Installing RAM is a simple process, and it usually helped speed up an old PC. Yet, because the processor and memory both operate at level much faster than the average hard disk, the real bottleneck is the primary drive. Solid State Drives are the ideal upgrade for hard drives, and the difference an SSD makes is far noticeable than any memory upgrade. In this article, Benchmark Reviews tests the performance and speed for the ideal SSD starter kit: Kingston's SSDNow V 40GB Boot Drive SSD SNV125-S2/40GB."

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Tuesday, November 10, 2009
New Need For Speed: Shift Patch Boosts AMD GPU Performance @ Legit Reviews
"This Need For Speed: Shift Patch isn't out yet, but we managed to work our magic and get both the latest beta drivers from AMD and the game patch from EA to see how much smoother and better the game play will be for AMD video card users. We also toss in some NVIDIA GeForce GTX 275 graphics cards into the mix to check out the SLI scaling since the patch is optimized for multi-GPUs. The results we are about to see will be interesting because if we see a huge jump we know that the game wasn't properly optimized for AMD graphics cards from the start. Could that have been because of NVIDIA marketing dollars like AMD implies or the fact that AMD didn't work closely enough with the game developer like NVIDIA suggests? We'll leave that question alone and just focus on the game title..."

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Corsair Dominator 1600MHz 8GB kit (CMD8GX3M4A1600C8) @ Bjorn3D
"With Windows 7 hitting the shelves we were hearing that the amount of ram in Windows 7 is just as important as raw ram speed. So to that end we got a couple of 8GB kits, installed Windows 7 and ran some testing. We ran our normal test suite on the kits then ran further testing using 2 sticks of ram (2x2GB) then the whole kit (4x2GB). That way the exact same ram is tested with 4GB and 8GB and the testing results should be about as good as they come."

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Corsair H50 Hydro Series Liquid/Water CPU Cooling System Review @ Tweaknews
"Corsair's H50 liquid cooling kit has a lot going for it. Not only is this a turnkey system that requires no assembly or maintenance, it is relatively easy to install, has very good cooling performance and is priced competitively with higher-end air coolers."

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Microsoft Windows 7 Upgrade and Installation Guide @ BmR
"Many gamers swear by the proven stability that is Windows XP, but there's a new player on the market: Windows 7. While Windows XP is heralded by some as the best OS to ever come from Microsoft, Vista is the Windows ME of the 21st Century. Enter Windows 7. Built on the proven NT platform and in many ways appearing much like Vista, that's where the similarities end. Today, Benchmark Reviews will take a look at some of the different methods of installation, and hopefully clear up some of the confusion many of you may be having. I think some people will be surprised by how easy it can be, plus we will show you how to possibly bypass having to reinstall Windows XP or Vista during an upgrade."

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Monday, November 9, 2009
Corsair Obsidian 800D Case reviewed in Metku.net
"It has been quite a while since the Obsidian 800D first appeared in press shots, but now the chassis finally made its way to our test lab. Now let's see if Corsair manages to keep up their reputation in great entries, or if the 800D will fall into the ever-growing markets of average cases."

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OCZ Agility EX 60GB SSD
"Back in August we reviewed the OCZ Agility SATA 2.0 SSD, which we found to be a reputable solid-state drive that offered nice performance under Linux. However, a step up from the Agility series is the Agility EX line. The OCZ Agility EX is designed to offer maximum performance with its SLC NAND-based storage and Indilinx controller. How though does the performance of this $400 SSD for just 60GB of storage compare to their other MLC-based SSDs under Linux? We have the benchmarks."

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In Win AMMO 2.5 inch RFID Enclosure @ techPowerUp
"The In Win AMMO continues on the army based theme we have come to love with the Commander PSUs. The enclosure combines a sturdy shell with a soft interior and the added security of AES 128 bit encryption. We take a real close look an run it trough our barrage of tests to see if it comes out on top after the battle."

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Gigabyte GeForce 210 @ Bjorn3D
"Over two years have passed since Nvidia dived into the low end graphics card market. Today we have Nvidia's latest entry, the G210. This card features a 64 bit bus, 512 MB of GDDR2 memory, and a 40nm die. The smaller die size means lower temperatures, which is great for low ventilation cases, which is probably where the card will go since it is a low profile card. So far this card is shaping up to be a great combo for a low power computer."

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HIS Radeon HD4890 iCooler x4 Videocard Review @ Tweaknews
"The HD4890 iCooler x4 edition from HIS can be easily summed up as a performance bargain for US$179 at the time of this review. For those not interested in DX11 gaming and its related expensive videocards, the HD4890 is still a potent performer for the enthusiast gamer. The card tested today with its excellent heatpipe cooler and stellar overclocking performance should be considered over paying $50 more for a different name brand built off the same reference design."

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Sunday, November 8, 2009
CM Storm Sniper Black Case SGC-6000-KKN1-GP @ Benchmark Reviews
"Déjà vu is a funny thing. At first you're not sure it's real; then you're absolutely convinced; finally, it fades and you're not sure anymore. The CM Storm Sniper, first shown to the public when Cooler Master launched the CM Storm brand in 2008, started out life with a full "Black Ops" paint job. Black on the outside, black on the inside and the first gaming case to feature three massive 200mm cooling fans, it was an instant hit. Somehow, the production version ended up without the black interior, but it was still a rousing success when Benchmark Reviews looked at it in January of this year. Its ten months later, coming up on the holiday season, and what better (and easier) way to kick it up a notch than to bring back the black: The CM Storm Sniper Black Edition SGC-6000-KKN1-GP."

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Darkest Of Days Physx @ Bjorn3D
"Nvidia a maker of some of the worlds fastest GPU's has come up with ways to break this normal everyday cycle of just leaving only black marks, or small holes in walls, or trees. An enviroment that interacts with the gamers is desireable. Smoke that reacts around the player as he walks through it, and loose leaves and paper that blow around and react to the envrioment are always a nice addition. With PhysX we can shoot at a wall or trees (or anything for that matter), theres more then just black marks and small holes, there are bits and peices of what we just shot at. Lets step into a world known as Physx."

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Friday, November 6, 2009
Seagate XT 2TB SATA 6GB/s Hard Drive Testing @ Legit Reviews
"We had high hopes for SATA 6GB/s before we starting benchmarking one of these new platforms, but other than having some nice burst benchmark screen shots we don't have really anything else to show you. Seagate was kind enough to send over the Seagate XT 2TB hard drive for benchmarking and while the drive is great the performance benefits of SATA 6GB/s don't seem like it will create a mad dash for new motherboards or drives anytime soon. The Seagate marketing slide that talked about SATA 6GB/s maturing over the next 2-3 years really starts to make sense now that we have seen the performance numbers."

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Apple Magic Mouse Review @ Digital Trends
"Apple's history with mice looks a lot like GM's history with economy cars. It's kind of sketchy. From the much-bemoaned"

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ECS Elitegroup P55H-A
"Back in September we published a launch-day Linux preview of Intel's Lynnfield processors and provided Core i5 / Core i7 benchmarks. With that initial testing of the Lynnfield processors and the new Intel P55 Chipset we had used an Intel DP55KG"

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Phenom 2 X4 965 (125w TDP) @ Bjorn3D
"AMD has a long tradition of improving already good products. In this case they have reworked the Phenom 2 X4 965 BE from 140w to 125w. What does that mean to the end user, well the new Phenom 2 X4 965 should work on almost any AM2+ or AM3 board while the old Phenom 2 X4 965 will only work on motherboards that support 140watt CPU's."

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Corsair Obsidian 800D @ techPowerUp
"Corsair takes their game to a new high with the Obsidian 800D, offering a full tower chassis with the company's unique device. The case does not only look massive, but also houses four hot-swappable hard drive bays along with an excellent cable management system and a window to show off the guts of the system."

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Eagle Arion ET-AR504LR-BK 2.1 Soundstage Speakers Review @ BmR
"It doesn't require a music-prodigy to appreciate good music on a nice set of speakers. But how can the average Joe distinguish a nice set of speakers from manufactured junk? Does the presence of a subwoofer, multiple speakers or a list of features guarantee a set will be high quality? Or can you be assured good performance by sticking to name-brands? At Benchmark Reviews we reviewed the Eagle Arion ET-AR504LR-BK 2.1 Soundstage Speakers using some objective, repeatable tests. These tests helped screen the important factors from the insignificant."

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Thursday, November 5, 2009
Yamaha RX-V2065 Review @ Digital Trends
"With the RX-V2065, Yamaha giveth, and Yamaha taketh away: This moderately high-end A/V receiver delivers innovation and a long list of features that would make any home-theater enthusiast drool. Yet there are some head-scratching omissions from an otherwise solid feature set that left us puzzled."

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Thermaltake Element Q Mini-ITX case review in Metku.net
"This time we have a (almost) fanless case from Thermaltake's Element Q VL5000 series under some testing. It's a compact case designed mainly for mini-ITX boards with small heatsinks (Atom boards for example)."

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Sapphire HD 5750 1 GB GDDR5 @ techPowerUp
"Sapphire's HD 5750 is priced competitively below $150 and offers all the new features like DirectX 11, AMD Eyefinity, native HDMI & DP and more. Even though the cooler does not look like it, it works extremely well and keeps the card cool and very quiet. We were also able to overclock our sample by more than 20% which essentialy brings the HD 5750's performance to levels of the HD 5770."

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ASRock M3A785GXH/128M Motherboard Review @ Legit Reviews
"The ASRock M3A785GXH128M uses a 4+1 Phase power design. While this might be a red flag for some, we were able to overclock a 140W Phenom II X4 965 to a vCore of 1.55v with just a simple 80mm fan blowing across the MOSFETs. With a BIOS made for overclocking and AMD's awesome OverDrive at our disposal we were able to squeeze an extra 500mhz out of our Phenom II X4 965 Black edition Processor. Even with bare MOSFETS we had no trouble cranking up the voltage to 1.52v. and were able to reach 3.9GHz!"

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Gigabyte GeForce GT220 @ Bjorn3D
"If you happen to be one of the many people affected by the US economy, then you really don't have money to throw around. You may be looking to upgrade from your current onboard graphics, or want to upgrade your card. Either way the GT220 may be a great option for you. This card has the power to play all of the latest games, but does not include the high price tag of higher end cards. Granted this card will not perform as well as a higher end card, but playing the game is enough for some."

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Wednesday, November 4, 2009
Kingston HyperX 8GB Kit 1600MHz (KHX1600C8D3K4/8GX) @ Bjorn3D
"With Windows 7 on the store shelves and shipping we are hearing that raw ram speed might not be the key to better performance in Windows 7. We've always felt that the amount of ram was just as important as raw ram speed but in Windows 7 and all 64bit OS we see advantages to more ram. Most end users end up in the 1333 - 1600MHz range anyway so we got two kits of ram each 8GB in size and running at 1600MHz. We tested both on our normal suite of memory tests, then fired up Windows 7 Professional and tested both kits using a 4GB and 8GB configuration to check and see if the claims of improved performance with larger kits held any truth."

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Shattered Horizon PC Game Review and Interview With Maingear @ Legit Reviews
"Shattered Horizon is the highly anticipated first game from Futuremark Games Studio that immerses you in the cold reality of combat in space like no other game before. This multiplayer first-person shooter is played entirely in zero gravity. A catastrophic explosion on the Moon has filled near-Earth space with billions of tons of rocky debris. You and your friends will join intense 32 player battles to control hollowed-out asteroids, huge fragments of Moon rock and the ruined remains of the International Space Station..."

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Building A Benchmarking Test Farm With Phoromatic
"There's the Phoronix Test Suite, Phoronix Global, and PTS Desktop Live as our family of free software products to provide extensive benchmarking and automated testing capabilities atop Linux, OpenSolaris, BSD, and Mac OS X operating systems. The Phoronix Test Suite has more than 120 test profiles and 50 test suites with new suites and tests continuing to come in through its extensible architecture, but for organizations with multiple test systems or entire testing farm(s) devoted to performance monitoring and regression tracking, they have had to strap the Phoronix Test Suite atop their own management systems or hack away at simple scripts to deploy our testing software across an array of systems. Today though we are announcing the public beta launch of Phoromatic. Phoromatic is a remote test management system that allows controlling any number of PTS-powered systems through a single web-based interface, which also allows all of the test results to be viewed from a central source. This article provides a first-look and guide for some of the possibilities of Phoromatic from those looking to build a benchmarking test farm or for individuals simply wanting to benchmark computers across the world. We also share in this article what may be coming next to our Linux-focused benchmarking empire."

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Lancool Dragonlord PC-K58 @ techPowerUp
"The Dragonlord PC-K58 may not have the same bite as the K62 when it comes to looks, but has the exact same amazing internal functionality and the same feature set. So the Dragon may not look as dangerous but still manages to scorch things up on our review - at a significant discount."

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Sapphire PURE 1250W Modular PSU @ Bjorn3D
"The introduction of the Sapphire PURE Modular Power Supplies came as a shock to me, due to the fact that Sapphire is a large distributor of video cards but not power supplies. Today we will be taking a look at the Sapphire PURE 1250W Modular Power Supply, which will be enough for some of the most power hungry gaming hardware on the market."

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Kingwin F-35 External SATA Hard Drive Enclosure Review @ Tweaknews
"After taking this enclosure from Kingwin for a test run, I can say it has a lot going for it. 2TB drives are supported, installation is quick and easy, and it looks good while still offering good performance and better cooling than a lot of other enclosures."

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AMD Phenom II X4 965 BE 125W CPU Test @ Benchmark Reviews
"In this article, Benchmark Reviews tests the newly re-vamped AMD Phenom II X4 965 BE desktop processor. For all intent and purpose, the AMD Phenom II X4 965 Black Edition processor has not changed. The model number is now HDZ965FBK4DGM, and the total TDP is down from 140W to 125W. The X4 965 CPU still honors the AM3 socket, and uses a 45nm process to construct the 258mm2 die. GlobalFoundries FAB1 has added C1E implementation on the hardware level, and DDR3 is now supported at 1333MHz for 'Heavy' loads. Ultimately though, the 3.4GHz is still the same overclocking beast it always has been, and performance is relatively unchanged."

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Tuesday, November 3, 2009
Canon PowerShot S90 Review @ Digital Trends
"Canon recently introduced the PowerShot G11 ($499) and the S90 ($429), two high-end compact digicams generating huge amounts of online buzz. Both have similar, relatively-large 10-megapixel CCDs, but are targeted to very different photographers. Rather than focusing on the more expensive G11, a variation of the previously reviewed G10, we opted for the S90, a camera with several unique features you simply won't find among the 250-plus digicams currently available (although fans of Panasonic's LX3 might find some strong similarities). Let's see if that buzz is real, or Internet hype."

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HTC Imagio Review @ Digital Trends
"If imitation is the sincerest form of flattery, Apple had better be blushing at the sight of the HTC Imagio. Running Windows Mobile 6.5, this Verizon Wireless mobile handset not only looks like an iPhone on the outside, but feels like one too thanks to the new icon-based version of the Windows Mobile operating system. But is it a business class touchscreen smartphone or should it be relegated to coach instead? Read on to find out."

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AMD Athlon II X3 425 2.70 GHz @ techPowerUp
"AMD's Athlon II X3 425 offers all the features of the of the more expensive Quad Cores, and you can potentially unlock the fourth core. Being priced at only $79 it creates tough competition for Intel in this segment, but also for AMD who has a number of other processors in this market. Even though it lacks the L3 cache it still offers decent performance, especially considering its price."

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Sapphire Radeon HD 5870 Vapor-X Video Card @ Legit Reviews
"From the second we saw the Sapphire Radeon HD 5870 Vapor-X graphics card we fell in love with it. The card stands out from the crowd and has a bad boy appearance to it that the reference card just doesn't have. The best part about the Sapphire Radeon HD 5870 Vapor-X is that the cooler actually works. We witnessed an 8dBA decrease in fan noise and an insane 18C drop in temperatures while gaming. The small 2-4% factory overclock gave a slight boost in performance and in every single benchmark we ran the Sapphire Radeon HD 5870 Vapor-X was faster than a stock Radeon HD 5870 video card, albeit by only 1-6FPS depending on the benchmark in question..."

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AMD's UVD2-based XvBA Finally Does Something On Linux
"For a year now we have been talking about XvBA, which stands for X-Video Bitstream Acceleration and is designed to implement AMD's Unified Video Decoder 2 (UVD2) engine on Linux systems for improving the video decoding and playback process on desktop systems. AMD has been shipping an XvBA library with their ATI Catalyst Linux driver since last year, but they have yet to release any documentation on the XvBA API or any patches to implement the support within any Linux media players. Heck, AMD has not even officially confirmed XvBA with Phoronix being the lone source of information for the past year. Today though, XvBA has finally become useful under Linux. But it is not what you may be thinking..."

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AMD Athlon II X4 620 & Sapphire PI-AM3RS785G @ Bjorn3D
"Although they were released about a month ago, the new budget-councious quad-core processors from AMD are still fresh in the minds of many enthusiasts. The Athlon II X4 620 and 630 have made huge waves recently due to the fact that it is now possible to obtain a quad-core CPU for under $100. Pair this processor up with an AM3 motherboard running a 785G chipset and set of DDR3 RAM, and you will have your hands on a value-minded, mainstream performing rig."

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AMD Athlon II X4 620 CPU Review @ XtremeComputing
"For this review I will be looking at a new product from a company that needs no real introduction as anyone who has used a PC for any length of time has probably used one of their products. The company is AMD (Advanced Micro Devices) and I will be looking at one of their new X4 Athlon II CPU's the X4 620 2600Mhz."

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Sapphire Radeon HD5870 Vapor-X Video Card Review
"AMD has retaken the crown for superior graphical power with their ATI Radeon HD 5870 video card, and consumers have confirmed that this is the hottest graphics accelerator of the moment. 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 BattleForge. 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. Sapphire factory overclocks the Cypress GPU and adds their own custom cooling solution, named Vapor-X. In this article Benchmark Reviews tests the Sapphire Radeon HD 5870 Vapor-X video card 21161-03 against a cross-section of modern graphics accelerators."

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Monday, November 2, 2009
Motorola Droid Review @ Digital Trends
"Each new Android smartphone seems to improve on its predecessors. But Motorola's latest, the Droid from Verizon Wireless, is a veritable quantum leap well beyond recent peers such as the Samsung Moment and the HTC Hero, both from Sprint - and even the Motorola Cliq (available on T-Mobile). Thank three advantages that the Droid possesses over all other previous Android phones: Its gorgeous 400,000-pixel 16x9 3.7-inch LCD touchscreen, the largest available on a cell phone; the handset's status as the first to run the Android 2.0 operating system; and its pedigree as the first Android phone for Verizon, which arguably operates the nation's best 3G network. However, the Droid's superiority over recent rivals surpasses mere technical comparisons alone. This is one of the most solidly-built smartphones available, featuring a stolidity that lends it a gravitas lacking in all but the most boring BlackBerrys, yet belies the mobile handset's more playful side, which also makes a great impression. To put it simply, the Droid isn't the perfect choice for cell phone owners, but as iPhone alternatives go, it's pretty darn close."

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MP4Nation Beta Brainwavz In-ears @ techPowerUp
"MP4Nation's latest addition to their in-ear lineup is dubbed the Beta Brainwavz. Made by MP4Nation under their Nationite brand these in-ears are geared towards everyday listeners looking for a decent set of affordable in-ears. Competitively priced these definitely seem like an affordable way into the in-ear realm."

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Logitech G500 Review @ Digital Trends
"Although Logitech's G500 Gaming Mouse is the cheaper cousin to the company's flagship gaming mouse, the G9x we reviewed in March, we much prefer this simpler rodent. It delivers nearly all the same features, and it's a better fit for our hands. It's not a perfect though: We'd score the G500 even higher if it felt as comfortable as Logitech's wireless Anywhere Mouse MX and used Logitech's new Darkfield laser. We're also not fans of the G500's"

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HP Photosmart Premium TouchSmart Web Review @ Digital Trends
"HP already builds awesome all-in-one PCs featuring integrated touchscreens and custom programs designed to take advantage of that user interface. Now, the company is bringing that same expertise to its printer business with the Photosmart Premium TouchSmart Web. As with HP's TouchSmart computers, the touch-screen on this multi-function printer goes far beyond simple menu navigation. The device comes preloaded with a dozen Web-based applications that enable you to print everything from digital photos to maps, weather forecasts, and movie tickets without ever touching a computer. Too bad this product's photo-printing prowess isn't on par with its excellent text-print quality, deep feature set, and exciting innovation."

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Western Digital WD TV Live HD Media Player @ Legit Reviews
"Almost everything I have in my video library played with the WD TV Live HD. Ripped and downloaded music and playlists (with album art), pictures from my digital camera stored on USB adaptors and my home network, High Def and Low Def movie rips. The media server even allowed you to toggle between audio tracks that were present in your media file. This thing is amazing! Not every 1080p file played as smooth as the trailers we talked about above, but those were rare occurrences. For instance, when I pointed the WD TV Live to a Blu-ray rip of..."

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Ultra X4 1050 watt PSU @ Bjorn3D
"Ultra has quickly made a name for themselves in the PSU market with the introduction of their X3 series. It has been quite awhile since the introduction of the X3 series, so now Ultra is ready to launch their new X4 series of PSU's. One of the big issues with the X3 series was its efficiency. Under a full load the PSU would fall to 78% efficiency. While this isn't really bad, its not enough to be certified for 80+. This time around Ultra has went all the way, and obtained the 80+ certification."

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Sunday, November 1, 2009
VidaBox Wireless HTPC Media Keyboard with Laser Trackball @ Legit Reviews
"The Vidabox wireless HTPC media keyboard comes with everything we needed to get up and running in seconds, which was nice. Having a driverless setup is nice for a mainstream product like this. The build quality was also not bad, while this keyboard is certainly no Logitech DiNovo it by no means feels cheap. The wireless connection was very consistent and worked flawlessly up to the 26 to 28 foot range from our testing. The 2000 dpi laser trackball worked great and we couldn't imagine using anything other than this. This is clearly a better product than the original VidaBox keyboards that came with mechanical trackballs! We also tried the keyboard out on our NVIDIA Ion powered mini-ITX HTPC that is running Windows 7 (shown above) and it worked flawlessly. Not too much more you can ask from a keyboard that costs just $67.77 plus shipping..."

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