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Saturday, February 28, 2009
SanDisk 16GB Mobile Ultra microSDHC Card Review @ Legit Reviews
"The SanDisk 16GB Mobile Ultra microSD card (part number SDSDQY-016G-A11M) comes with a SanDisk MobileMate Micro card reader makes switching devices simple. By inserting the microSDHC card into the MobileMate it can then be used in a computer or any device with an open USB port. This feature is nice for those that want to take pictures straight from their phone and look at them on a TV or digital picture frame as it can be done in seconds and nothing else needs to be purchased..."

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Eagle Consus ET-CSPESU2-BK 2.5 @ Bjorn3D
"In a world of growing demands and technology it's really hard to come up with new and innovative ideas for the consumer. An external enclosure is pretty basic piece of tech which is hard to improve on. Our experts over at Eagle Tech though strive to prove this wrong. Today we have the ET-CSPESU2-BK 2.5' External Enclosure from Eagle Tech Computers Inc. Let's see what kind of new features they can pack into a basic external enclosure."

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Friday, February 27, 2009
Top 15 Tech Toys @ Digital Trends
"It's funny (funny ironic, not funny ha ha) that some of the most serious technological innovations are advancing the funniest (the other funny) products. Here are 15 of our favorite tech-powered toys."

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Silverstone Fortress & Strider 750W @ techPowerUp
"The Silverstone Fortress aims to shrink the same awe inspiring and award winning uni-body construction of the legendary TJ07 to a mid-tower case, while still offering modern functionality and all the bells and whistles one should expect from an enthusiast enclosure."

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OCZ Apex Series 120GB SATA II SSD Review @ Legit Reviews
"The folks at OCZ have come up with a creative solution to help improve performance with their new Apex line of MLC based SSD's. Available in 60, 120 and 250GB capacities with a 2.5"

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In-Win \'Na External HDD Enclosure @ Bjorn3D
"The computer storage industry has recently has been seeing a lot of technology advances and new types of products being pushed out, almost at a daily rate. External hard drive enclosures have also been a big product in people's lives as they are always looking for something that looks good on their desk and need something to take from place to place with them."

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Patriot Viper 6GB 1600MHz DDR3 Memory Kit @ Benchmark Reviews
"When most shoppers compare system memory kits, they often look for the highest speeds for the best price. Everyone is different, but overclockers and performance enthusiasts generally aim for the best combination of low-latency high-speed RAM they can get find. In this article, Benchmark Reviews tests the performance of a top-speed triple-channel product for the Intel Core i7 platform. The Patriot Viper 6GB 1600MHz DDR3 memory kit PVT36G1600ELK will be compared against several other products and benchmarked for bandwidth and gaming performance. Are the higher speeds worth the money, or can this memory kit overclock to their level? By the end of this article, you'll have your answer."

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Thursday, February 26, 2009
World's Top 10 Thinnest Televisions @ Digital Trends
"Though we've poked fun at thin televisions in the past, we do have to profess finding a certain appeal to paper-thin screens (as long as we're not the ones paying for them). There's something about a TV that seems to disappear when you walk by it that really grabs attention - especially with people who are used to owning 300-pound CRTs. The trophy for"

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Nyko Charge Station Quad & Kama Wireless Remote for Nintendo's Wii @ Legit Reviews
"We added the Nyko Kama to our Wii remote and took it for a spin as well. The Kama is approximately the same size as the original nunchuck but slightly heavier due to the 2 “AAA” batteries that are installed. The dongle that allows the Kama to communicate with the Wii remote snaps onto the bottom of the “Wiimote” and requires no batteries. When we used the Wii remote protector, the fit was a little snug, but it just took some adjustment for a proper fit..."

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MSI Eclipse @ Bjorn3D
"The MSI Eclipse is one of the most capable and feature rich motherboards we've ever come across. When they designed the Eclipse they might as well have climbed a flagpole and screamed to the world this is our flagship motherboard. The Eclipse is not only well designed and implemented, it's also one of the few X58 boards out there capable of running three dual slot GPU's. Features like that don't come cheap, but if you have to have the best and need room for the Core i7 platform to grow on, the MSI Eclipse is one of the best choices you can make. Then, to close the deal they toss in a Creative X-FI soundcard instead of relying on an onboard sound chip. This is one motherboard you're going to want to see."

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Sapphire Radeon HD4850 X2 2Gb Video Card Review @ Tweaknews
"So did Sapphire fill a niche void and provide a card to the consumer that wanted a dual core card without the killer huge price? You bet. This card at around US$275-$300 at the time of this review is a great deal and will have anyone enjoying the latest games with higher resolutions and quality settings while still providing decent framerates. Although this is no HD4870 X2 killer by any means, it does hold it own when it comes to your performance dollar."

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Wednesday, February 25, 2009
The Phoronix Test Suite Gets A GUI
"Since releasing the Phoronix Test Suite to the public a year ago, one of the most popular feature requests has been for a graphical user interface. The Phoronix Test Suite is not exactly difficult to use from a command line, but this feature has been in development for Phoronix Test Suite 2.0. However, with this morning's release of Phoronix Test Suite 1.8.0 Alpha 2, a preview of this GUI has been introduced. Those testing Linux, OpenSolaris, BSD, and Mac OS X systems now have a simple yet intuitive interface for facilitating their system benchmarks."

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Super Talent 16GB Pico Flash Drive Review @ Legit Reviews
"In the past, really small USB flash drives have had to make compromises on performance to fit everything in such a small form-factor. I'm pleased to say that the Super Talent Pico 16GB doesn't suffer from these drawbacks and offers great read and write performance. When you consider how small the drive is, this is even more impressive..."

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10 Best Streaming Audio and Video Devices @ Digital Trends
"The television set has to be the most loved device in the house. After all, how many hours do you spend in front of the toaster each day? Despite all of that adoration, though, the boob tube no longer corners the market when it comes to audiovisual excitement. Thanks to advancements in online multimedia delivery, services such as YouTube, Picasa and iTunes also offer a lot of Web-based entertainment to get you through the wee hours of the morning. Still, no matter how much you can contort your body, sitting in an office chair is definitely not a"

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JVC Everio G GZ-MG670 HDD @ Digital Trends
"The first of the new 2009 camcorders are finally hitting stores. Unlike the onslaught of low-priced (sub $200) video capture devices like the entry-level Flip Mino, models such as the GZ-MG670 have critical things like zoom lenses, better picture quality, bigger LCD screens and tons of others creature comforts that make them at least twice as expensive - but still much better deals in our view. Take the just released MG670 for example: It has a 35x optical zoom, a 2.7-inch widescreen LCD and 80GB storage (19 hours at best 720 x 480 pixel quality). Compare this to a Flip Mino with no zoom, a poor 1.5-inch screen and 640 x 480 clip quality. Basically, there is no comparison. However, the Flip and its brethren are extremely compact, and made for video sharing on YouTube. Both are features millions want and use every day. Until last year mainstream camcorder manufacturers didn't know sharing existed but that changed with the JVC GZ-MS100, a relatively affordable edition with YouTube uploading built into the software. Now JVC has introduced its newest models with YouTube and iTunes upload capability. As for size, it's definitely bigger than a Flip but hardly a TV station camera. Now is the MG670 worth it - and does it make sharing the breeze it's supposed to be? Let's start shootin."

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Coolink GFX-Chilla @ Bjorn3D
"Trying to find a air cooling heatsink for our video cards that not only cools well but is small enough to fit into our cases and on our motherboard without taking up 3+ slots, has become a complete nightmare. As video cards get bigger and faster, most think that the cooler that cools these cards should also be massive in size. Either it adds a lot of extra unneeded weight to our video cards or these coolers take up extra valuable PCI slots that we may need."

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Asus Xonar Essence STX Sound Card Review @ Digital Trends
"If you're the type of audio enthusiast who delights in discovering nuances in musical recordings you thought you were already intimately familiar with, you'll want to check out the Asus Xonar Essence STX sound card. This audiophile-quality sound card is a glittering sonic jewel."

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Tuesday, February 24, 2009
Marvell Introduces Plug Computing with SheevaPlug @ Legit Reviews
"With the economy in nearing 1997 lows we all need a distraction from the pains of the market and today that distraction is the Marvell SheevaPlug. Marvell’s SheevaPlug looks like night light, but it is a what they are calling a plug computer — an embedded computer that plugs into the wall socket and is capable of running network-based services that normally require a dedicated personal computer. The enclosure is designed to plug directly into a regular US wall socket and draws less than one tenth of the power of a typical PC being used as a home server, which should lower your monthly electric bill if you run a PC at home 24/7. Even better the SheevaPlug development kit is available right now for $99 through Marvell..."

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Intel X25-E Extreme SSD Benchmarks On Linux
"In early January we had delivered Linux Solid-State Drive Benchmarks of an OCZ Core Series V2 SSD, which was a low-cost low-capacity single-cell drive. The increased performance and decreased power consumption compared to a 5400RPM Serial ATA 2.0 hard drive was nice for a netbook, but how are the higher-end solid-state drives performing? In this article, we have a high-performance Intel X25-E Extreme SSD on a System76 notebook running Ubuntu Linux."

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Dell XPS 625 Review @ Digital Trends
"While pricey gaming rigs from the likes of Alienware and HP's Voodoo unit often grab headlines, these machines are well out of reach for most consumers. Thank goodness for systems like Dell's affordable and stylish XPS 625, which demonstrates that you can still get solid gaming performance for around a thousand dollars. This desktop strips away most frivolities-after all, liquid cooling systems and tool-less interiors are agreeable but expensive perks-and just sticks to the essential hardware necessary to run the latest games with aplomb. And, as an added bonus, it looks pretty slick to boot."

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World's Most Extreme Gadgets @ Digital Trends
"You've no doubt heard the claims from electronics manufacturers stating the world's first this, the world's largest that, the world's smallest the other. Economic turmoil has only heated up this race to provide innovative products, and industry firsts. Here, we bring you 10 world's firsts that are bigger, thinner, smaller, lighter, and faster than the competition."

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XSPC Delta V3 CPU Water Block w/Acetal Top @ Bjorn3D
"What we are going to be looking at today is the new Delta V3 CPU water block from a fairly new company to the USA enthusiast community, XSPC. These guys have been around for several years over in Europe and have been doing fairly well and have been improving their products every year. I’m really excited to give their new block a try and see just how well it stands up to the performance of my current favorite water block from Swiftech."

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OCZ 6GB 1600MHz CL7 DDR3 OCZ3P1600LV6GK @ Benchmark Reviews
"In this article, Benchmark Reviews tests the performance of an top-speed triple-channel product for the Intel Core i7 platform. The OCZ 6GB 1600 MHz CL7-7-7-24 DDR3 memory kit OCZ3P1600LV6GK will be compared against several other products and benchmarked for bandwidth and gaming performance. Are the higher speeds worth the money, or can this memory kit overclock to their level? System memory is one of the most over-looked hardware components in computer systems, and with applications demanding greater memory overhead it is best to use as much memory as allowed. But not all memory is made the same; and even memory of the same speed can have different consumer targets."

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Sunnytek ST-2320 S/UESR Two Bay Hard Drive Enclosure Review @ Tweaknews
"Sunnytek's dual-bay enclosure is a decent product all around, but is best suited for users constantly on the go. The built-in carrying handle makes for a quick and easy way to transport the enclosure, and you can rest easy knowing the drives inside are being protected by a thick layer of sturdy aluminum."

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Monday, February 23, 2009
Latosta Portable Laptop Stand Review @ Bigbruin.com
"For those with a compatible computer, the Latosta portable laptop stand is an extremely lightweight and compact stand that can make it much more comfortable to use your laptop for extended periods of time. The typing angle created is more comfortable than a flat surface, and the elevated screen takes some of the strain off of your neck."

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Lenovo ThinkPad T400
"When we were looking at the Phoenix HyperSpace instant-on Linux environment, we had a Lenovo ThinkPad T400 in our testing labs for a few weeks. The ThinkPad T400 was introduced in the second half of 2008 as a ThinkPad refresh based upon Intel's Montivena (a.k.a. Centrino 2) platform. The Lenovo ThinkPad T40 has a 14.1"

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Sapphire Ultimate Radeon HD4670 Graphics Card Review @ Bigbruin.com
"The Sapphire Ultimate Radeon HD4670 is a passively cooled graphics card with plenty of features other than its silent operation that should appeal to HTPC owners. With an integrated HDMI port, DirectX 10.1, and Shader Model 4.1 support, it offers some of the things you look for in a gaming graphics card, but with an obvious focus on home theater performance."

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HIS iSilence HD4670 1Gig @ Bjorn3D
"Since the introduction of the 4850/4870 video cards and we as consumers were absolutely amazed by the shear power those cards possess, so naturally we wanted to have those cards in our machines. So when ATI released the mainstream 4000 series cards most of us overlooked these types as inferior."

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eDimensional Voice Buddy Software for Gaming Review @ XtremeComputing
"Strangely, a few days later when I came back to get some screenshots of Voice Buddy, the problem seemed to have magically resolved! Voice Buddy understood every command I threw at it. I think that this could be down to a temporary system fault (or background noise, as it was much quieter in my house on the last time I tried), so I don’t think it should be blamed on Voice Buddy."

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ASUS P5Q3 LGA775 Intel P45 ATX Motherboard @ BmR
"Launched last summer by Intel, the P45 chipset has quickly grown in popularity, replacing the aging P35 chipset. Intended for a mid to upper mainstream consumer base, the P45 chipset boasts some impressive features, such as: full DDR2/DDR3 support, 20 PCI Express 2.0 lanes, ATI Crossfire support, and a 65nm manufacturing process. By now manufacturers have had ample time to design and refine their P45 based motherboards and today Benchmark Reviews takes a look at ASUS' mainstream P45 DDR3 motherboard: the P5Q3. As a twist on our usual motherboard reviews, this article will also shed some light on the growing DDR2 vs DDR3 debate with some hard numbers in the benchmark sections."

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Sunday, February 22, 2009
Latest Sonata model reviewed - Antec Sonata Elite in Metku.net
"Sonata has gone through some cosmetical changes before. Let us see if the update this time is just skin-deep or has Antec made some larger changes to their very popular case."

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Saturday, February 21, 2009
Sapphire Radeon HD 4850 X2 Video Card Review @ Legit Reviews
"In the $300 price segment, the Sapphire Radeon HD 4850x2 can't be accused of bringing a knife to a gunfight; with 1600 Stream processors, 2GB of GDDR3 memory running at 993MHz, and two GPU's clocked at 625MHz all packed on the massive 11 1/4"

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Cooler Master Sniper @ Bjorn3D
"A storm is brewing over at Cooler Master. As the turbulence stirs up, the mixture of wind, dust, and water, it mixes and molds these elements to create something magical. No, we are not talking about the physical storm that causes havoc to people’s lives, but rather, we are referring to Cooler Master’s latest line of products that is going to stir up the computer world. The Storm is a line of products from Coller Master that is targeted at the computer enthusiasts. One product off the Storm line-up is the Sniper case, that is the “magical” thing which the engineering and designing team stirs up. As you can guess, this case is going to be the start of this review."

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Friday, February 20, 2009
Microsoft Zune 120GB Review @ Digital Trends
"Microsoft's fabled Zune line has done a lot of growing up over the years. From the first-gen 30GB player that we scorned back in 2006 to the 8GB model we warmed up to 2007, Microsoft has continually been fine tuning its line of media players to deal with the crush of criticism they've met on the open market. That refinement reaches its pinnacle with the 80GB and 120GB players, which are both the largest and most capable Microsoft has ever produced. But are they ready to run alongside Apple's class-leading iPod yet?"

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Flip Video MinoHD Camcorder Review @ Digital Trends
"The company that pioneered the pocket-sized flash video camera has taken it a step further with the MinoHD, a pint-sized camcorder that shoots 720p high-def video, in a case that's no bigger than the original, super-slim Mino. But can a camera that's smaller than a pack of cigarettes really deliver on the promise of HD quality? Consider us quite surprised. But at $230, it's no bargain."

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XFX GTX 285 Black Edition Video Card Review
"Today we are going to look at the new XFX NVIDIA GTX 285 Black Edition video card. This in one of the highest overclocked of the new NVIDIA GTX 285 video card introduced recently. The video card is the second highest performance card in NVIDIA's line and promises more performance than the GTX 280 that was previously the top dog. Read on for all of the details on the XFX GTX 285 Black Edition."

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HIS HD 4870 IceQ 4+ Turbo 1GB @ Bjorn3D
"“Do I need 1 GB on my video card?' I don’t know how many times I’ve been asked that question the last year or so. Up until pretty recently, my answer has always been “No, you don’t need it.' The reason for this has been the fact that most games have simply not needed a frame buffer more than 512 MB. With the release of DirectX10, faster video cards, games that use higher resolution textures as well as monitors with higher resolutions coming down in price, things have changed."

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OCZ Vertex 120GB SATA SSD OCZSSD2-1VTX120G @ Benchmark Reviews
"Lower power consumption and heat output are the least impressive benefits of Solid State Drives. The real payoff is in the practically instant response time and high-performance throughput. Once SSDs could outperform their HDD counterpart, it was all about price and capacity. Adding up to 64MB of Elpida DRAM to the buffer has permanently solved stuttering problems, making raw performance the last bottleneck. An Indilinx 'Barefoot' internal controller commands the bank of Samsung K9HCG08U1M DRAM modules, allowing the OCZ Vertex Series SSD to offer an impressive capacity with unmatched performance. Benchmark Reviews tests the reaction time and bandwidth performance for the OCZSSD2-1VTX120G against over two dozen other products in this article."

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Thursday, February 19, 2009
M-ROCK's Extreme Zion Laptop & Camera Bag @ Legit Reviews
"M-ROCK is primarily a maker of a line of camera bags. The line extends from very small bags for things like phones and music devices to their new combination laptop and full DSLR kit backpacks, with many intermediate sized bags between. There are several styles and many sizes of bags to fit the needs of almost any photographer. All of the M-ROCK bags (beyond the very smallest sacks) are made of durable padded nylon materials with soft non-scratch interiors, have combinations of hook and loop, zippers, and buckle closures and feature multiple carrying options such as hand-held, belt attached, and shoulder straps..."

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OCZ Tri Channel 1600 Platinum @ Bjorn3D
"With the onslaught of Intel's newest chipset and CPU's giving us users more memory bandwidth but also increasing the number of channels to the memory. Its only natural for memory manufacturers to follow suit with this newer standard. OCZ has been quiet on this front for some time, but not any more. We at Bjorn3D are going to be looking at a set of Tri Channel memory from OCZ technologies, the Platinum 1600 7-7-7-24 timings DDR3 Tri Channel memory."

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10 Best Websites for Kids @ Digital Trends
"We've scoured the Web to find the most popular, fun, educational, productive-and safe-sites around."

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Xigmatek Thor's Hammer S126384 CPU Cooler @ Benchmark Reviews
"Overclockers are always looking for the best CPU cooler made, and Benchmark Reviews has taken a new approach to determining this for them in every Cooling article we publish. Most enthusiasts are already very familiar with the Vendetta 2, TRUE, and HDT-S1283, but the landscape is going to change with the Xigmatek Thor's Hammer S126384 CPU cooler. Benchmark Reviews compares the top coolers using the Yate Loon D12SH-12 and Kaze SlipStream 120 on an overclocked and over-volted Intel Core i7-920 Processor."

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Wednesday, February 18, 2009
Tuniq Potency 650W Power Supply Review @ Bigbruin.com
"The Tuniq Potency 650W power supply is a no nonsense unit that will get the job done on a basic computer system without wasting your money on bells and whistles. It has decent features and specifications, was able to power the test configuration without issue, and it remains cool and quiet during operation."

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Nikon Coolpix S710 Review @ Digital Trends
"Barring any earth-shattering announcements at the PMA photo convention in March, the current megapixel peak for compact digicams is close to 15, while DSLRs like the Sony A900 hit 24.6. In Nikon's aim-and-forget Coolpix lineup, the S710 has a 14.5MP sensor, the highest in that series. Of course there's also the ridiculous 24.5MP Nikon D3x DSLR for a mere eight grand, if you're a fanboy of this brand! The far more affordable S710 has other notable features including a wide-angle 3.6x zoom, a 3-inch LCD screen, optical image stabilization and a top ISO of 12,800 - for under $300. In theory this sounds like God's gift to shutterbugs, but are more megapixels what you really need or are there more important intangibles? Let's charge the battery and find out."

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Gelid Solutions Wing 8 UV Case Fan Review @ Legit Reviews
"The Wing 8 uses patented nanoflux bearings inside their fan. Nanoflux bearings use a magnetic design and are able to run friction-free, extremely silent and could last for a very long time. The fan comes with a 5 year warranty, but I think that with the use of this technology it could last much longer. The Wing 8 is also UV responsive. Legit Reviews made a 39-second video showing the blue UV properties of our test fan. It does produce a nice blue color as it advertises on the package..."

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Sony HDR-SR11 Review @ Digital Trends
"The popularity of hard disk drive standard definition and high-def camcorders continues to climb. Nothing beats the storage capability of a HDD video maker-just think, you can record hour after hour of baby giggles, if that's your thing (and new parents, you can admit it). Hard drive cams are great for everyone else too since you can record anything to your heart's content for much longer than any tape or disk-based system. And nothing beats the instantly generated thumbnails that let you hop from scene to scene during playback. Sony dominates the HDD market for SD and HD video makers-just as they do every other camcorder format. That said we were happy to get our hands on the new HDR-SR11, the company's HDD model that records Full HD 1920 x 1080I video along with 10-megapixel digital stills to a hefty 60GB hard drive. The camcorder even has Face Detection, the digicam feature du jour that works for video and stills. Even though there were no toddlers in the house, we definitely wanted to start recording ASA."

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Seventeam 850watt Modular @ Bjorn3D
"more 12 volt lines) or single rail (one 12 volt line) to add to an already confused consumer and/or market. When multi railed PSU's first came out, the concept of the type was perfect, take one large 12 volt rail, split it into a couple of different 12 volt rails, thereby increasing the efficiency and stabilizing the 12 volt power and maximizing the amount of amps that the 12 volt line carried. Since the introduction of multi rail power supplies, manufacturers have kept on adding more and more 12 rails, thereby consequently dropping the amount of amperage per 12 volt rail even lower. Consequently, upgrading your computer was made even harder because those power supplies just did not contain enough amps per rail to supply a particular computer component needed to be properly powered."

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Tuesday, February 17, 2009
SilverStone NightJar 450W
"SilverStone Technology is especially well regarded for their unique computer cases from their micro-ATX Sugo series to their HTPC-oriented Lascala line-up to their flagship Temjin series. SilverStone though does not only pride itself upon designing some of the best (also the most expensive) cases on the market, but they have several lines of performance-oriented power supplies. We have looked at SilverStone's Strider, Decathlon, Zeus, and Olympia lines before, but never had we looked at a SilverStone NightJar power supply. The NightJar series is SilverStone's line-up of fan-less power supplies. While there may be no fans so that the power supply can operate silently, the NightJar power supplies are far from being low-end."

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Kentech Labs Ps-Mi Portable Apple iPod Audio System Review @ Legit Reviews
"With more than 173 million Apple iPods sold as of September 2008, the iPod has become a staple in households and offices around the World. Since the Apple iPod has become so popular many find themselves unable to part form them and take them to and from work, which means you have to have a way to listen to your large collection of music at both locations. Using headphones to listen to your music in the privacy of your own home does not really make sense, and transporting a docking station between multiple locations isn't going to happen. That leaves you with the option to buy a docking station for wherever you plan on listening to your music. With tough economic times you have to get certain 'bang for the buck,' and the Apple iPod universal docking station by Odio called PS-Mi might just be a winner from both an audio and price perspective..."

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World-Exclusive: Palit GeForce GTX 260 Sonic 216 SP 896 MB @ techPowerUp
"Palit's new GTX 260 Sonic 216 SP is based on NVIDIA's latest GT200b 55 nm graphics processor. Palit has chosen to go with a dual fan design for improved airflow and increased overclocking. Not only the thermal design has been changed but also the PCB design, which features several cost optimizations and comes in an appealing ATI-red."

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7 Ways to Save on Home Theater @ Digital Trends
"Want it all when it comes to the ultimate home theater, but don't have the spare funds to afford splurging? Behold a few simple ways to build the ultimate A/V center without breaking the bank, or shortchanging the kids' college fund."

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Motorola Tundra VA76r @ Digital Trends
"Whether you're an extreme sports fan, outdoorsy person, an outdoor worker or just a klutz, and you have to stay a large posse to keep in contact with, the aptly-named Motorola Tundra is your phone. It's a rugged model that meets 810F U.S. Military Standards, which means it'll pretty much survive whatever environmental conditions it, or you, stumble into. But this is no stripped down push-to-talk (PTT, aka walkie-talkie) phone."

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Leadtek 9800GTX+ @ Bjorn3D
"With today's newest additions to graphics cards, it seems like they keep getting bigger and bigger. And along with each rehash we usually see a die decrease, but the card doesn't necessarily get smaller in size. This is unfortunate for people with smaller cases or mid tower cases where the hard drive cage gets in the way. As we all know, a standard 9800GTX or 9800GTX+ is 10.5 inches long. That's pretty long for a video card and requires some serious roomage in your case to have one. Leadtek though, has decided to go beyond Nvidia's reference design and create their own. They made a new card that will deliver the performance of the bigger cards, but take up less space, use less power, and generate less heat. Sounds like a winner."

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FSC Amilo Sa3650 laptop with Graphics Booster Review @ XtremeComputing
"As you will know; the primary purpose of laptops are for them to be carried around and used out and about, so they have to be small/light enough to be comfortably carried for long periods of time, and so consequently use a relatively low amount of power to have any chance at a decent runtime on battery. Because of this, they must make sacrifices and compromises when it comes to what calibre of hardware they can use. So for most laptops, gaming at decent resolutions/quality settings is out of the question as they have to use a basic integrated graphics card."

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Monday, February 16, 2009
Nokia N96 Review @ Digital Trends
"Nokia's N96 is a throwback to a bygone era of smartphones - a few years ago, really - when pinstripe cases complemented buyers' handmade Italian suits, mobile e-mail was for sealing million-dollar contracts, and the phone's $895 unsubsidized price barely fazed would-be owners. Now that this particular segment of phone is as prized by mallrats as the execs who own the stores they shop at though, the N96 still holds its own, but only as a niche device. Though all the handset's vital stats have the right numbers in front of them, the lack of more powerful user inputs on the N96 and its powerful-but-confusing Symbian interface make taking full advantage of that hardware difficult."

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Westone 3 Earphones @ techPowerUp
"The long awaited Westone 3s are finally here and they make quite an entry. Leaving the competition behind, these earphones set the pace. Using the first true three way cross over ever to be fitted in a universal style in-ears these set the standard when it comes to sound quality."

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Swiftech H2O-220 Apex Ultima Plus Water Cooling kit reviewed in Metku.net
"Swiftech H2O-220 Apex Ultima Plus is the top-spec kit from Swiftech and comes with some of the company's latest components. Cooling power should be there but is the installation easy enough and the noise levels low enough to justify the cost?"

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Will Ubuntu 9.04 Be Jauntily Fast?
"When announcing Ubuntu 9.04, the Jaunty Jackalope, Mark Shuttleworth had hoped to make this next Ubuntu Linux release perform better and to boot"

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Kingston HyperX T1 3GB & 6GB 2000MHz DDR3 Memory Review @ Legit Reviews
"Compared to more conventional heat spreaders, this HyperX T1 kit is much taller. You can see in the photos that there are plenty of ribs in the heat spreader to utilize every bit of airflow it can get. At 2000MHz, any extra cooling you can get is welcome to ensure that you maintain stability under an enormous load. Our kits today come set up with XMP, or Xtreme Memory Profile. By choosing one of the two XMP profiles in BIOS, your memory is automatically configured to run optimally on a Core i7 system. Our Kingston HyperX T1 kits have XMP profiles of either 1866MHz or 2000MHz...."

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Sapphire 780G @ Bjorn3D
"As new technology is released, many users find that they do not need the high end machines to do what they need. These simple tasks of web surfing, and casual game playing. Sapphire fills this void with its entry level motherboard with integrated graphics, the 780G. With Radeon HD 3200 graphics onboard you can blaze through all of your casual games. This board is also designed smaller than many other boards. This smaller board is commonly called a mATX. The M standing for micro and ATX for the standard orientation of motherboards. You can be sure that this board will fit in any case, and is small enough to be used in a HTPC."

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Casio EX-FH20 Review @ Digital Trends
"Serious photographers usually own more than one camera. There's the high-end model you might use for nature photography, a pocket camera for quick indoor shots, and one that has some specific feature for unusual situations - such as finally getting front row ticks to your favorite sports team. With the Casio EX-FH20, the main perk has to do with an unusual burst mode, which can capture 40 photos in a second with one shutter press. Or, you can capture a whopping 1000 frames-per-second in a kind of burst mode for video. Unique, and well-suited to certain photo conditions, the burst modes are a blast to use. And, compared to the previous model - the Casio EX-F1, which costs twice as much - the EX-FH20 still functions as a regular point-and-click digicam. Yet, it's not a great all-around camera, the lens feels like it could jam easily, and battery life is just atrocious, making it a niche device."

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OCZ 6GB Triple-Channel 1333 MHz DDR3 Memory Kit @ BmR
"System memory is one of the most over-looked hardware components in computer systems, and with applications demanding greater memory overhead it is best to use as much memory as allowed. But not all memory is made the same; and even memory of the same speed can have different consumer targets. In this article, Benchmark Reviews tests the performance of an entry-level triple-channel product for the Intel Core i7 platform. The OCZ 6GB 1333 MHz DDR3 memory kit OCZ3P1333LV6GK will be compared against several other products and benchmarked for bandwidth and gaming performance. Are the higher speeds worth the money, or can this memory kit overclock to their level?"

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Sunday, February 15, 2009
AMD Phenom II 810 & 720 BE Processor Dry Ice Overclocking @ Legit Reviews
"The AMD Phenom II X3 720 Black Edition processor overclocked much better with Dry Ice cooling since the multiplier could be increased and the CPU voltage was able to go up to 1.90V in the BIOS since ASUS allows for higher voltages on the Black Edition processors. After playing around with the HT reference clock frequency and multiplier we managed to reach 4590MHz from the 2800MHz processor. This is 200MHz shy of a 2GHz overclock and is what we expect from Dry Ice cooling..."

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Friday, February 13, 2009
ASUS M4A79T Deluxe Motherboard Review @ Legit Reviews
"Using the same ASUS Triton 81 CPU Cooler that I used on the MSI DKA790GX Platinum motherboard the ASUS M4A79T Deluxe motherboard reached an HT clock frequency of 294MHz, which is 1MHz shy of our previous best for this specific AMD Phenom II X4 810 processor. This put the final clock frequency at 3.82GHz, which is an overclock of 1,222MHz. The ASUS M4A79T Deluxe was also able to run 8GB of Corsair DOMINATOR DDR3 memory at 1333MHz with CL9 timings like a champ. Even increasing the memory frequency up to 1600MHz the board would still run four 2GB DDR3 modules with no stability issues, which is a good sign that the BIOS is already pretty solid on this motherboard..."

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Tyan Thunder n6650EX (S4992)
"Tyan, a long-time supporter of Phoronix and a manufacturer of many leading workstation/server-oriented motherboards, recently sent out their Thunder n6650EX motherboard. This motherboard is a slight redesign of their earlier Thunder n6550EX product, but with out of the box support for AMD's 45nm Opteron CPUs. The Thunder n6650EX is capable of handling four quad-core processors, up to 128GB of ECC Registered DDR2 system memory, dual PCI Express x16, and six Serial ATA 2.0 ports. In this article we are offering a preview of the Tyan Thunder n6650EX (S4992)."

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G. Skill Pi Black DDR3-1600 6 Gig Triple Channel Memory Kit @ Bjorn3D
"I've been running DDR3 on my Core 2 Quad systems for some time now and I've been very pleased with the overall results of its performance. Now, with the introduction of the new Intel Core i7 platform with its Triple Channel memory controller along with its QPI (Quick Path Interconnect) built into the CPU itself instead of the memory controller being intergraded into the Northbridge, it's going to bring overall memory performance to new performance heights for the competition to try and meet."

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Thursday, February 12, 2009
Zotac GeForce GTX 295 1792 MB @ techPowerUp
"Zotac's GeForce GTX 295 comes with two NVIDIA GT200b GPUs sandwiched together in one graphics card. The card can successfully defeat ATI's HD 4870 X2 in our benchmarks and offers plenty of overclocking headroom beyond that. Thanks to the 55 nm GPU design and clever power saving methods the card even delivers in the performance per Watt segment."

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Asus VW226H Review @ Digital Trends
"According to Asus, the V in the VW266H's rather convoluted model name stands for value, and the company delivers accordingly by serving up 25.5 inches of screen, full 1920 x 1200 resolution, and built-in audio with an MSRP of only $400. On paper, it's a budget monitor buyer's dream. On the desktop, it's pretty close. Though not perfect, the VW266H manages to juggle multiple priorities - including price - quite effectively, making it one of the most practical monitors in its size class."

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OCZ Fatal1ty Series 700W
"It has been a number of months since last looking at an OCZ power supply, but OCZ Technology recently announced a new high-performance power supply that piqued our interest. The Fatal1ty Series 700W power supply is OCZ's latest high-performance power supply that is approved by NVIDIA for SLI usage, 80 Plus Certified, is backed by a five-year warranty, and it uses a single 56 Amp +12V rail. OCZ's power supplies have impressed us before -- especially with all of the talent they acquired from PC Power & Cooling -- but how does this latest creation stack up? We have run it through its paces on Ubuntu Linux and are pleased with the results."

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Silverstone Fortress FT01B-W @ Bjorn3D
"As far as cases are concerned in the computer hardware industry, everyone has their own taste. Some people like huge cases and others like the ones that they can hide very easily. A lot of times people will say, 'I like that case because it looks cool', but then they get home and it's a nightmare to install their components."

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HD and Internet Radio @ Digital Trends
"Radio certainly has come a long way since the days of the dial. Aside from fancier presets, and the presence of pushbuttons, free music is no longer constricted to the car or a tiny transistor set. Don't worry about huddling around a boombox or even the computer. Thanks to advances in technology, there are now plenty of ways to listen to radio, without having to sample the snaps, crackles and pops that are a trademark of the medium."

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Wednesday, February 11, 2009
Cooler Master Storm Sniper @ techPowerUp
"The CM Storm Sniper is Cooler Master's first offering of the new "CM Storm" branding. The gear is intended for the enthusiast, semi-pro or even professional gamer. That said, the Sniper is jam packed with unique features, all wrapped up on a beautiful design and incredible paint job."

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Lenovo W700ds Review @ Digital Trends
"For those of us who live and work on gigantic dual displays, making the transition to a cramped little notebook screen when it's time to get things done on the road has never been easy. We're spoiled. But there's really never been any alternative, unless you wanted to roll up a monitor in bubble pack and stuff it into the bottom of your suit case. That was, of course before the Lenovo W700ds appeared. With a 10.6-inch secondary screen that slides out of its side, it's the very first dual-display notebook. And with a starting price of $3,069, it has the price of a first-gen machine. But multi-taskers imagining a mobile version of their dual-screen desktop setups shouldn't hold their breath, since the W700ds comes with more than enough compromises to drag down the allure of that extra screen real estate."

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Hitachi Ultravision UT37V702 Review @ Digital Trends
"One of the hottest HDTV trends is slimming down already skinny flat-panel televisions. At CES 2009, there were loads of prototypes of ultra-slim plasma and LCD TVs, shrinking overall thickness from around 4 inches to one or less. Hitachi is in the vanguard of this trend with its much-publicized 1.5-inch-thick series of LCD HDTVs, which are available today. Now, is a supermodel-thin set the way to go, or is an"

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Toshiba 15LV506 Review @ Digital Trends
"Cutting up carrots and slicing potatoes in the kitchen does not have to be dull, mind-numbing work. In fact, these days, you can play Xbox 360 against other chefs, catch up on the latest Rachael Ray broadcast, or even watch a DVD on how to make a tasty Eggplant Raviolini dish while doing so. Thank the Toshiba 15LV506 DVD combo television, which can liven up any extended cooking session, whether you're a true foodie or not. It's small, white, and portable enough to move around from one countertop to the next, even with one hand. The device also supports component video and has a built-in digital tuner, a side-loading DVD drive, and works well as a boombox to boot. Alas, while the picture on the box makes it look like you will have the time of your life with the 15LV506, the reality is as follows. We can only recommend it for those who are not that interested in a quality entertainment experience."

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Sapphire Radeon HD 4670 512MB GDDR4
"Back in September we reviewed the Sapphire Radeon HD 4670 graphics card that offered 512MB of GDDR3 memory. Overall, this RV730-based graphics card had performed well under Linux and not a bad investment with it retailing for about $80 USD. Sapphire Technology though has now introduced a new version of the Radeon HD 4670 that sports 512MB of GDDR4 memory. Will switching out the GDDR3 for GDDR4 memory have much of an overall impact on this graphics card? We have the results in this article."

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PNY GTX-285 Performance Edition (+ SLI 285 Testing) @ Bjorn3D
"PNY has been in the GPU market for a very long time. They are more well known for their memory products than their GPU's. The addition of the PNY GTX-285 Performance Edition to their lineup brings them right to the cutting edge of graphics. PNY has been out of the Bjorn3D limelight for a period of time, but they've always been there, producing high quality graphics cards, flash products, and performance memory."

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abit FunFab P71-A2 Digital PhotoFrame/Printer Review @ XtremeComputing
"Having reviewed there revolutionary P80 frame last year I was really interested to see what changes and any improvements abit have made to the new P71 Series frame they have brought out. The Digital frame I’ll be reviewing today in the P71-A2 frame that looks totally different from the P80 frame in every way so let’s get on the review and see what lays in store for me."

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AMD Phenom II X4 940 Black Edition CPU HDZ940XCGIBOX @ BmR
"Nearly every enthusiast who has overclocked a computer system has wished that processors weren't restricting them from the hobby they love. Even I can still recall the good old days (less than four years ago) before Intel and AMD locked the clock multiplier on their processors and overclocking was a combination of factors and no limited to the stability of a motherboard. Intel believes that their Core i7-965 Extreme Edition (EE) processor series is worth the $1000 price tag, but AMD begs to differ. Perhaps the timing is right then, and consumers won't hastily spend unnecessary cash on an expensive unlocked processor when AMD offers their Black Edition Phenom II X4 940 CPU for just $220. Benchmark Reviews compares the field, and tests the X4 940BE HDZ940XCGIBOX against the Intel Core i7-920."

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Tuesday, February 10, 2009
Intel 32nm Westmere Desktop Processor Roadmap Exposed @ Legit Reviews
"The first Intel 32nm Westmere products will feature both a processor core and an integrated graphics & integrated memory controller on a single processor. What makes this design so interesting is that the processor core is 32nm and that the memory controller and integrated memory controller are on a separate 45nm die. Intel has perfected the 45nm process since they have been doing it so long they have made the gates inside the processor perform better. Since the integrated graphics and memory controller is located on a separate die it is rumored that you can adjust the power settings and clock frequencies better than on one die. Intel took their current 65nm integrated graphics technology and shrunk it down to 45nm and added all the performance tweaks to get even more performance..."

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10 Weird and Wild USB Devices @ Digital Trends
"You've no doubt connected your digital camera to your computer to download photos or have inserted a little black thumb drive to store or retrieve files. But rejoice - the USB port can be used for so much more, thanks to its ability to suck electricity through your computer, powering some of the world's strangest devices. Following are ten of the cutest, silliest and most useless examples we could find. As a fun game at home, try playing along by suggesting your own examples: You'll be amazed at mankind's capacity for ridiculousness. Oh, how we cry for the poor children."

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Cyber Sport Orbita Freestyle Wireless Mouse Review @ Tweaknews
"For those who spend their day scrolling through line after line of a spreadsheet or page after page of a document or website, the Orbita mouse can make life a whole lot easier. Rotating the entire mouse to scroll instead of using a wheel sounds cumbersome, but actually doing it proved to be a quick and easy process. Initially it does require some patience to learn how to use, but after making it over the learning curve it's hard not to enjoy the new experience or at the very least appreciate it."

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Thermaltake Toughpower W0132RU 1000W Power Supply @ Bjorn3D
"For today's standards in an everyday PC, a metal box that feeds enough power to your computer is enough. On the other hand though, you have enthusiasts, mainstreamists, and even the little guy that all want to look cool with shiny parts in their PC's. These guys want quality power supplies that look nice at a cheap price. These days we have a lot of manufacturers that live up to this, but how do you select just one out of all that are available? You have to know a lot, to be quite blunt, and we're here to help."

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Monday, February 9, 2009
AMD Phenom II X3 720 BE Black Edition CPU @ Benchmark Reviews
"Three is a number not normally associated with processors, although it's actually gaining momentum thanks to Intel's triple-channel memory architecture that caters to the 3GB sweet-spot for Windows XP. Dispite this, a triple-core processor just doesn't seem natural to many of us, because we're so used to seeing everything come in twos. But three isn't a bad thing at all, because AMD's Phenom II X3 720 BE processor is actually quite good. Benchmark Reviews compares the 2.8GHz Black Edition AM3/AM2+ CPU against the Intel Core i7-920 and other AMD processors. You might be surprised by how well the odd man out can fit in."

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Cooler Master - Storm Sniper case review in Metku.net
"Cooler Master was one of the first manufacturers to really put effort in designing a case dedicated for gamers. Now we present you the latest model - Cooler Master Storm Sniper!"

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Valentine's Day Tech and Gadget Gift Guide @ Digital Trends
"Chocolates, roses and fancy dinners are played out. OK, well maybe not fancy dinners. The point is, just because Hallmark and company have convinced you to crack open your wallet on (or preferably before) Feb. 14, doesn't mean you need to squander those dollars on something cheap, pink, and bound for the garbage in 24 hours. Take a chance to show your creative side and get your significant other something he she might really be able to use with some of our techie gift suggestions."

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Lian Li PC-C36 Muse HTPC Case Review @ Bigbruin.com
"The Lian Li PC-C36 Muse HTPC case is a very well made case that has a lot of nice features. Its brushed black anodized aluminum construction is not only clean and elegant, it looks at home in the typical home entertainment center. It's clear Lian Li never intended this case to house one of the more powerful graphics cards, but that's not really an issue in the HTPC market segment."

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Phenom 2 X4 940 BE, X4 810 & X3 720 BE @ Bjorn3D
"AMD fielded the new Phenom 2 CPU's right after CES 2009. Extreme cooling reports on the new line of Phenoms have them reaching insane speeds with LN2 and Liquid Helium. Most of us don't have the luxury of Extreme cooling which can require as much as 3000 liters of liquefied gasses for a 90 minute glory run. Most of can field Liquid cooling if we want. It's not as exotic, but it's a lot more sustainable. So when we got the chance to test the new Phenom 2 line we chose to do it in a couple of stages. If you'd like to take a look at our first review of the Phenom 2 X4 940 BE you can take a gander at it over Here."

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AMD Phenom II X3 720 BE & Phenom II X4 810 Processor @ Legit Reviews
"The AMD Phenom II X4 810 is an interesting processor in that it is locked and has a multiplier of 13x with a default HT clock frequency (bus speed) of 200MHz. With multiplier options ending at 13x I figured I'd just see how high I could crank up the bus speed till the processor needed more voltage. Without touching any other option in the BIOS other than the HT clock frequency I managed to hit 3.32GHz! This is a 715MHz overclock for doing nothing more than adjusting a single setting in the BIOS! The AMD Phenom II X4 810socket AM3 processor really comes to life at 3.3GHz..."

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AMD Phenom II X4 810 AM3/AM2+ Processor @ Benchmark Reviews
"The Dragon platform is AMDs last hope for success in a time when financial ruin is destroying every business on the planet. Perhaps the timing is right then, and consumers won't hastily spend uneccessary cash on a Core i7 processor that performs exactly the same as a much less expensive Phenom II CPU. Benchmark Reviews compares the field, and tests the AMD Phenom II X4 810 AM3/AM2+ CPU against the Intel Core i7 940. One costs over $100 more than the other, and you would be surprised by what you aren't getting for the extra money."

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Cooler Master ATCS 840 Full Tower Classic ATX Case Review @ Tweaknews
"With the original ATCS chassis, Cooler Master brought the first truly custom alloy case to the market. Their ATCS 840 Classic has proven to be a worthy successor. With classic good looks and superb build quality, the 840 is poised to make as big an impact on the market as its predecessor. Besides being huge, this chassis is also very configurable and will hold all the hardware that virtually any enthusiast will want to stuff into it, including the watercooling folks."

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Sunday, February 8, 2009
AMD Shanghai Opteron: Linux vs. OpenSolaris Benchmarks
"In January we published a review of the AMD Shanghai Opteron CPUs on Linux when we looked at four of the Opteron 2384 models. The performance of these 45nm quad-core workstation/server processors were great when compared to the earlier AMD Barcelona processors on Ubuntu Linux, but how is their performance when running Sun's OpenSolaris operating system? Up for viewing today are dual AMD Shanghai benchmarks when running OpenSolaris 2008.11, Ubuntu 8.10, and a daily build of the forthcoming Ubuntu 9.04 release."

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Intel Core 2 Quad Q8200S Processor Review @ Legit Reviews
"Seeing the Intel Core 2 Quad Q8200 processor (4MB Cache, 2.33 GHz, 1333MHz FSB) trade blows with the Intel Core 2 Quad Q6600 processor (8M Cache, 2.40 GHz, 1066 MHz FSB) was very impressive. Why is that impressive? Back in 2007 when the Intel Core 2 Quad Q6600 processor was launched it cost $851 in 1,000 quantities. When the Intel Core 2 Quad Q8200 was released it was available for just $245 in 1,000 quantities. The actual street price today on an Intel Q8200 is just $169.99, so you are getting a great performing chip at a fraction of what it cost just two years ago. Not to mention that the processor we looked at today was built on a newer 45nm processor, uses less power since it is a 65W TDP part and is even more environmentally friendly thanks to being halide and lead free..."

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Saturday, February 7, 2009
LeadTek WinFast GTX 285 @ Bjorn3D
"A new year can be exciting. It's a time for renewal, and resolutions, and even some times it's a time a new president. But this new year, it was also a time for gamers. At the Consumer Electronics Show this past January in Las Vegas, Nevada, a new video card was debuted, the Nvidia GeForce GTX 285. Built upon the GTX 200 series architecture, the GTX sports a smaller die process (shrunken from 65nm to 55nm) that lowers power consumption and lowers heat, but packs more performance than its predecessors. And though the GTX 285 is the younger sibling to the GTX 280 that was previously Nvidia's top-of-line offering, the new GTX 285 is now definitely its big brother."

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NVIDIA GeForce 3D Vision Review @ Legit Reviews
"NVIDIA Stereoscopic 3D has come out with guns blazing and it looks good, real good! It is a shame that the economy is doing badly, but economies like that of America thrive off consumer spending and launching a product like this might be perfect to get people out and spend some money. You have to see it to fully understand how great gaming in 3D is, but I can honestly say that it is the best thing to happen in gaming in years. If you are getting bored of PC gaming in general 3D gaming will invigorate your gaming appetite and make you wonder why it took this many years to come to market..."

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Friday, February 6, 2009
10 Best Blu-ray Movies for Home Theaters @ Digital Trends
"There is nothing quite like popping a Blu-ray disc or DVD into your new system, hearing that first explosion or the swelling score, and witnessing the opening scenes of a truly great film. No doubt you've read many articles about the best discs to show off your system with. Unfortunately, you'd be hard-pressed to actually sit through some of these recommended movies, because despite how great the audio and video may sound and look, the film may suck. So toss your Fifth Element and Speedracer discs aside and enjoy one of these 10 films that feature excellent audio and video, not to mention incredible stories."

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Green Gadgets and Technology @ Digital Trends
"Following a few simple tips can help you save the earth, and money, at the same time."

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Leadtek Limited WinFast GTX260 EXTREME+ Video Card Review @ Bigbruin.com
"Aside from a few issues, the Leadtek Limited WinFast GTX260 EXTREME+ is a very impressive video card. It provides strong performance in 3D games, it has the ability to handle any multimedia tasks with ease, and it is so quiet that it is well suited for use in just about any type of system. It could be the card to provide some gaming muscle to your desktop, LAN rig, or HTPC!"

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Gainward 285GTX Graphics Card review in Metku.net
"The 285GTX is a nice update of the 280GTX. Sure, the core is about the same as the GT200 found on the 280GTX but the card runs cooler and the newer manufacturing technology used for the GT200b chip gives us some more headroom in clock speeds."

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Sapphire HD 4650 @ Bjorn3D.com
"Nvidia and ATI keep pushing the envelope for what's possible with a graphics card. From GPU folding to ray tracing. What about if you're just your average Joe looking to play a game? Well, luckily for you there are plenty of options to choose from. Today, Sapphire brings us their iteration of the ATI HD 4650. This is a card that is aimed for the person who is looking to not spend a lot of money, while getting a lot of performance."

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Thursday, February 5, 2009
Sapphire Toxic HD 4870 512MB Video Card Review @ Tweaknews
"I have to admit, at first I thought that this card would be much like the rest with a slight performance increase and a better cooling solution. But through testing and benchmarking, this card has impressed me with a sizable performance increase, a good overclocking experience and all for a price that at this time is under US$200."

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Badaboom Media Converter v1.1.1 @ Legit Reviews
"Just yesterday Elemental Technologies released a second update to Badaboom Media Converter with release v1.1.1. This version fixes 12 bugs and also adds new features like FRAPS support for gamers that record demos and a new 960x540 resolution for Apple TV users. Legit Reviews asked Elemental Technologies to think about including FRAPS support in December as I thought that gamers and enthusiasts would see a value in being able to easily record and format movies for social networking sites like YouTube. It is a great feeling to see your ideas come to life, so let's take a look at the latest version of Badaboom Media Converter..."

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NOX Coolbay HX Case & APEX 700W @ techPowerUp
"Yes, the Coolbay HX looks similar to the Antec 900, but this chassis from NOX manages to score with additional features, a nice interior paint job and better cooling, making it a choice to be taken very seriously, especially considering the price point."

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Cooler Master Elite 330 Case RC-330-KKN1-GP @ Benchmark Reviews
"Benchmark Reviews has been on the web for over a year now. In that time I've had the pleasure of reviewing some very nice higher end computer items, including mid and full tower cases. While I love the high end market I realize for every high end part sold, there are probably 100's of mid to lower end parts sold. So who's buying these parts? Everyone is that's who. So where do they get their pre purchase information from? Hopefully here at Benchmark Reviews. Cooler Master recognizes there is an audience at this price point and so should we. Today Benchmark Reviews will look at the Cooler Master Elite 330 RC-330-KKN1-GP Chassis. A mid tower computer case that appears to be big on features but small on price."

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Wednesday, February 4, 2009
NZXT Cryo LX Notebook Cooler
"NZXT is a company that started out by producing unique computer cases designed for computer enthusiasts and gamers that were built well, were not based off designs from other manufacturers, and carried a distinct set of features. We have reviewed several NZXT cases at Phoronix, but with time they have expanded to produce other products. One of their first non-enclosure products was a NZXT power supply, which has now led to a complete series of NZXT power supplies, and a thermal controller that can be installed into a 5.25-inch drive bay. Their latest venture, however, has led them to producing a notebook cooler. The NZXT Cryo LX is a large notebook cooler made of aluminum, has an integrated four port USB 2.0 hub, and uses three 120mm fans for active cooling."

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ASUS P5N7A-VM GeForce 9300 mATX Motherboard Review @ Bigbruin.com
"Although the P5N7A-VM's stock performance would normally be more than enough for most home theater PC or basic home desktop tasks, overclocking could be beneficial. The P5N7A-VM offers very basic overclocking functionality, but it was more than enough to allow me to overclock the Q6600 to 3.0 GHz (9x333) with a stock Intel heatsink."

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Outdoor Gear and Adventure Technology Guide @ Digital Trends
"There is a world beyond your office door, waiting to be explored. In this guide, we pick our favorite adventure and fitness technologies, apparel, and gear to help you get out there."

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Gelid Silent Spirit LGA 1366 CPU Cooler Review @ Legit Reviews
"The latest trend in heatsink design has been to add more heatpipes, more fins, and make everything wider and taller. GELID's Silent Spirit flips this concept on its side with a small heatsink with an unusual design and unique fin shape. With a 100mm fan spinning on average around 1600RPM, 46 max CFM, and only 370g of material, the Gelid Silent Spirit CPU Cooler hopes to pack a lot of punch in a very light frame. It weighs less than half of the popular Thermalright Ultra 120, clears every motherboard I could mount it to, and is silent to boot..."

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Thermaltake Spedo @ Bjorn3D
"Since the introduction of the Spedo Advanced chassis by Thermaltake a few months ago, some of us were were wondering if Thermaltake would put together a cheaper variant of that chassis. Now don't get me wrong the original Spedo chassis is a great chassis but for some of us users we just want the most simple chassis we can find."

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Tuesday, February 3, 2009
Linksys Wireless Home Audio System @ Digital Trends
"Sonos, watch your back. Last year, Logitech released the Squeezebox Boom, one of the best media streamers we've tested for Multiroom music at a low overall cost with built-in speakers. Now, Linksys (er,"

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Linksys Media Hub NMH305 Review @ Digital Trends
"Storage is a crucial part of the digital lifestyle: We all need a place to put our stuff, and we need a way to access those files easily. Linksys has tried a few storage products in the past, but the Media Hub is its most ambitious effort. While it's not exactly a small business server that lets you set up user accounts - like the HP MediaSmart EX487 - and can't compete with the robust RAID and back-up options on Netgear ReadyNAS devices or those by Buffalo Technology, it has one glowing attribute: it's easy to use. Like most Apple products including the still viable Time Capsule, the Media Hub assumes you are not a certified Microsoft engineer or someone who carries USB key drives in your pocket 24x7. It's a smart product that eases you into the deeper features, with only a few caveats."

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10 Best MP3 and Portable Media Players @ Digital Trends
"Full disclosure: Any roundup of MP3 or portable media players that claims to be a definitive"

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Upek Eikon & Eikon To Go Fingerprint Readers @ techPowerUp
"There are plenty of fingerprint readers out there and odds are that you may have used one here and there. Upek is one of the companies behind such units and also offers two very interesting retail products, which managed to surprise with both Windows and OS X functionality."

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Antec Signature Series 650W @ Bjorn3D
"Antec has recently launched a brand new line of power supply called Signature Series. In Antec’s own word, the Signature series is designed to “appeal to system builders looking for a truly premium power supply.' Antec claims that the power supply has “many cutting-edge features, several of which have never before been offered in a consumer power supply”."

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Icy Dock MB671SK Internal SATA HDD Enclosure Review @ Tweaknews
"I'll be honest - I never knew how useful an internal enclosure could be until I tried out this offering from Icy Dock. The ability to swap out hard drives without opening the case is a huge convenience to users who store files that span multiple drives. There is no loss of performance to worry about either – testing showed that transferring files back and forth is just as quick as if the drive was hooked up directly to the motherboard."

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Corsair Dominator 6GB DD3 Memory Kit TR3X6G1600C8D @ BmR
"Today, we at Benchmark Reviews will be presenting our findings for the Corsair TR3X6G1600C8D memory kit which is a 6144 MB kit of 1600 MHz DDR3 SDRAM DIMMs based upon Corsair's high performance Dominator family of memory. This kit has been verified to operate at 1600MHz at latencies of 8-8-8-24 at 1.65V VDIMM. These statistics put the TR3X6G1600C8D in the mid-range of DDR3 performance statistically, but as we're all aware a number of memory modules on the market can solidly produce much higher performance figures than their ratings might allude. We plan to use a variety of tests both at stock and overclocked performance speeds to give our readers a solid overview of just what this kit has to offer."

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Monday, February 2, 2009
Ikonik Ra X10 SIM @ techPowerUp
"The Ra X10 SIM case is the company's flagship model, featuring the unique software controllable fans and thermal monitoring system for the 13 included cooling fans. On top of that you will be able to stuff the Ra X10 with 10 hard drives, an eATX motherboard, multiple GPUs and a full compliment of external drives - with room to breath."

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TomTom GO 730 GPS Navigator Review @ Digital Trends
"A rung below TomTom's flagship GO 930, the GO 730 offers a ever-so-slightly shorter feature set, and purely superficial aesthetic color swap, in exchange for a $50 price cut. Buyers lose enhanced positioning technology and the ability to upgrade to handle traffic data (which the 930 can only do via Bluetooth with a cell phone and data plan, unless you spend another $50 for an RDS-TMC receiver). Other premium features, including a media player, FM transmitter, and even Bluetooth connectivity, all remain."

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TomTom GO 930 GPS Navigator @ Digital Trends
"Don't be fooled by the lofty model number on the GO 930: Despite its position on top of TomTom's automotive navigation line, it carries a relatively modest price tag of $400, which is about half that of similar flagship products from companies like Garmin. Its lengthy list of features includes premium staples like a media player, FM transmitter, and even Bluetooth connectivity. But does it measure up?"

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Kingston HyperX TC DDR3 2000 (KHX1600D3ULT1K3/6GX) @ Bjorn3D
"Since the first kit of HyperX running at 2 GHz hit the market Kingston has been raising the bar and fielding kits of Core i7 capable low voltage RAM in every speed, variety, and latency. Now we present you Kingston's crowning achievement, the 6 GB kit of HyperX DDR3 TC 2GHz low latency with the new T1 heat spreader, They've raised the bar again. We have to say, not only do we like the speed, but the heat spreader is just bling. Unlike a lot of bling, it's highly functional bling."

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Noctua NH-C12P CPU cooler Review @ XtremeComputing
"Once it was fitted it was practically silent in operation without either the Low Noise Adapter or the Ultra Low Noise Adapter, with those fitted I couldn’t hear the fan on the NH-C12P at all above the other fans in my set up which isn’t at all noisy."

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Sapphire Radeon HD 4670 Video Card @ Benchmark Reviews
"So you want to be a rock star huh? Well just like the Stones say, you can't always get what you want. Some of us realize we are just normal people and must settle for our daily mundane tasks. The same holds true for computer graphics cards, or does it? Today Benchmark Reviews will look at a mainstream card with a bit of an identity problem. The Sapphire Radeon HD4670 GDDR4 graphics card. This little guy thinks it's a rock star! Maybe it thinks that "6" in it's name is an "8"? It does have 512mb of GDDR4 RAM. Well, I'm positive this card is no HD4870 but that hasn't stopped this little fella from rockin'! Let's see if this HD4670 has what it takes to be a real star."

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