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Tuesday, March 31, 2009
Icy Dock MB882SP-1S-1 2.5 to 3.5 SATA Hard Drive Convertor Review @ Tweaknews
"To sum it up, this is a handy product for both laptop users and enthusiasts who are considering a solid state drive for their main rig. It has a simple design that does exactly what it's supposed to do – provide a safe, secure and cool housing for a 2.5” SATA drive. The $20 price tag won't break the bank either."

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Mushkin Ascent XP3-14400 CL8 2GB Kit @ techPowerUp
"The Ascent series from Mushkin represents their high-end line-up with thick eVCI heatspreaders, very tight timings and fast speeds. On top of that, the memory scales extremely well with voltage and has plenty of potential for overclockers"

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Corsair 6GB DDR3-1866 Dominator GT Memory Review @ Legit Reviews
"For the average consumer the Corsair DDR3-1866 Dominator GTs would be overkill; for the price of this one kit you could purchase 12GB of decent DDR3-1600C7. But those 12GB of DDR3-1600C7 may only overclock to the stock speeds of this Dominator GT kit. This is what you are more or less paying for - the binning process Corsair has undertaken to insure these kits are stable at 1866MHz..."

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Intel Xeon X5570 and E5520 Gainestown Processors @ Legit Reviews
"Our quick look at the Intel Xeon 5500 series was a very impressive one. The Intel Xeon X5570 that we looked at today operates at 2.93GHz during normal operation, but when Turbo Boost Technology is enabled the operating frequencies increased up to 3.33GHz. With this much clock frequency and all the performance features that the Intel Xeon 5500 series has to offer you end up with a server processor that blows past the competition without looking back..."

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Argosy HV675 MediaPlay HDMI Media Player Review @ Bigbruin.com
"Geeks.com carries a wide variety of tech goodies, including a large inventory of discount electronics items that you might not necessarily see anywhere else. The Argosy HV675 MediaPlay HDMI media player is one such item, and it was chosen for this review due to its rather unique attributes. Basically, it connects to your television via HDMI, composite, or component video and can be used to play back a variety of audio and video files stored on a USB drive."

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In Win NA eSATA & USB Enclosure @ techPowerUp
"The In Win NA is a very stylish and unigue HDD enclosure. In Win has gone all out and included a porcelain plate as cover and hid the USB 2.0 and eSATA interface within the confines of the smooth white bowl."

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Samsung SyncMaster 2263UW LCD Monitor w/ Webcam Review @ Tweaknews
"The SyncMaster 2263UW is a great option for the consumer who wants an uncluttered workspace by having all webcam, audio and USB hub features bundled into their monitor. This monitor on its own proves that you can have your cake and eat it too for once. No longer does a multifunction monitor have to be a jack of all trades but a master of none."

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Monday, March 30, 2009
Moblin V2 vs. Ubuntu Netbook Remix vs. Ubuntu MID
"Last week Intel had pushed out a second alpha release of Moblin V2 and now it boots even faster, which means they are down to the point of being able to boot in just a few seconds. Beyond a very quick boot process, they have already incorporated kernel mode-setting and other newer Linux/X.Org technologies while also working to build a desktop environment around the Clutter OpenGL tool-kit. Moblin is certainly turning into an interesting Intel creation, but how does its performance compare to other mobile-focused Linux distributions? We have benchmarked Moblin V2 Alpha 2 and compared it against what is likely their biggest competitor in the mobile space, Ubuntu Netbook Remix, and the LPIA-based Ubuntu MID edition. Which of these mobile operating systems is the fastest? We hope to find out today."

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Gateway MD7826u Multimedia Notebook Review
"Today we are going to look at a new notebook from Gateway called the Gateway MD7826u. The notebook is a multimedia machine with that carries a price more typical of a mainstream notebook than a multimedia system with performance. Graduation is coming up and if you are already on the lookout for a good graduation gift, the Gateway MD7826u may be perfect. Read on for all the details."

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Lancool Metal Boned K6 @ techPowerUp
"The Lancool Metal Boned K6 packs a lot of the exclusive new features found in the modern Lian Li cases in a sleek and clean designed case. The Lancool Metal Boned K6 is intended for LAN party gamers, wanting great construction quality and sturdiness in combination with the looks and engineering backbone one has come to expect from Lian Li."

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Thermalright AXP-140 @ Bjorn3D
"With Home Theater PC’s (HTPC) becoming more and more popular everyday and with more and more companies offering specialty low profile chassis designed to fit into today’s modern living rooms, it’s extremely hard to find a performance low profile heat sink to handle the heat output of today’s dual and quad core processors. Thermalright has come up with a special solution to this problem by designing a low profile heat sink that not only fits in today’s HTPC chassis, but offers the option of using either a 120 or 140mm fan to get the most performance out of your system while still maintaining a acceptable noise level so that you can still enjoy watching your favorite movie."

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Prolimatech Megahalems CPU Cooler @ Benchmark Reviews
"With nearly twenty different LGA1366 kits tested in our Best CPU Cooler Performance LGA1366 - Q1 2009 article, one particular product stood out as an up-and-coming favorite. The Prolimatech Megahalems is a CPU cooler build from scratch using over twenty years of industry design experience and engineering. While the Prolimatech name is new to most enthusiasts, the look is not. Based on the successful Thermalright Ultra-120 eXtreme CPU cooler, Magahalems incorporates all-new engineering to correct weaknesses in the aging TRUE design. The result is astonishing, and the thermal cooling performance Benchmark Reviews received in testing was proof evident that you don't need HDT technology to be the best."

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Sunday, March 29, 2009
Win a 2048MB Sapphire Radeon HD4850X2 Video Card for Bigbruin.com's Birthday
"Bigbruin.com turns six years old on April 01, 2009 (this is not an April fools joke). This will be the first in a series of give aways here, and to kick things off the prize up for grabs is a 2048MB Sapphire Radeon HD4850X2 video card that has been updated with a hard to find BIOS for extreme noise reduction."

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Ubuntu's LPIA-based MID Edition Can Save 10%+ Power
"When it comes to putting Ubuntu Linux on mobile devices, Canonical has two flavors of their popular Linux distribution to suit the needs of vendors and end-users: Ubuntu Netbook Remix and Ubuntu MID. The former targets netbook computers (hence its name), particularly those with Intel Atom processors, and brings a unique interface atop GNOME. The Ubuntu MID edition is targeted for very small netbooks and mobile Internet devices. Particularly, Ubuntu MID aims to be on handheld devices and those with 4-7"

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SanDisk Extreme III 4GB SDHC Flash Card @ Legit Reviews
"The SanDisk Extreme III memory SDHC was designed from the ground up for DSLR camera users as the card features read/write speeds of up to 30MB/second. This means that when shooting in rapid succession (your camera’s continuous shooting mode) the memory card should be able to keep up! Once you are done with your photo shoot you can then offload the photo/video content you shot at record rates with a card reader like the SanDisk ImageMate Multi-Card USB 2.0 Reader/Writer that supports cards of this speed. To top it all off the Extreme III also has write protection security feature that will not allow anyone to erase your files unless authorized. SanDisk Extreme III Secure Digital cards are available in 2GB, 4GB, 8GB and 16GB capacities, but today we are taking a closer look at the 4GB version..."

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Honeywell Airlite 740 @ Bjorn3D
"If you are anything like me, you get tired of having a weight hanging off of your ear all day long in the form of a Bluetooth headset. While a Bluetooth headset is a definite improvement over the days-gone-by technology of wired headsets, it can become uncomfortable over time. It used to be that by the time I got home at the end of the day my ear would hurt from having the headset on all day. Not anymore!"

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Saturday, March 28, 2009
Gelid WING 9 & Silent TC case fans @ Bjorn3D
"When it comes to fans, people look at them as, a fan is a fan. There's not much difference in the way a fan operates from one to another. The only real difference is that some have high air flow but at the cost of noise, and some are silent but at the cost of high airflow. Trying to find a fan that is both quiet and provides enough airflow we need for our computers is a difficult challenge. So we end up buying several different types of fans in the hopes that we find that perfect one that meets our needs. And let's not forget that we also want them to be visually pleasing."

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Friday, March 27, 2009
AMD Catalyst 9.3 For Linux Brings OpenGL Composite Support
"While the Catalyst driver for Windows was released a number of days ago, the Catalyst Linux driver was missing. It has, however, been released today. AMD's Linux engineers ended up delaying the Catalyst 9.3 release so they could spend additional time tuning this driver, since it will be the last release that supports the R300 through R500 series as the support is being dropped. The significant feature that was pushed back into the Catalyst 9.3 Linux driver is improved Composite support."

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Intel Core 2 Quad Q9400 Processor Review @ Legit Reviews
"With four processing cores running at 2.66GHz, a total of 6MB of shared L2 cache, a 1333MHz Front Side Bus (FSB) and the fact that the processor is built on the 45nm process are all great reasons to think about getting a Q9400. Add to that a 1.2GHz overclock that was easy to reach and you have yet another winner from Intel. If you don't want to go with an Intel Core i7 series processor, the Intel Core 2 Quad Q9XX's series of processors are good choices as they cost less and can still compete..."

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Choiix C-HL01-WS @ Bjorn3D
"Heat is the worst enemy for any electronics. While desktop cooling unit components are very easy to replace, a notebook cooling unit is usually not user replaceable. Even though most laptop are designed to keep the internal components running cool enough so that they don’t cause any damage to the precious piece of hardware that you rely on, on daily basis, it is never a bad idea to add extra cooling to help to keep it operating at cooler temperature."

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OCZ Gladiator Max CPU Cooler (OCZTGLADM) Review @ XtremeComputing
"Gone are the dimples that were pressed into the fins in the previous Vendetta coolers, this time the fins are plain and smooth. Rather strangely the aluminium base around the heatpipes has 6 columns that extend up and have three fins attached to them. I can only assume this is to give more supporting structure to the cooler as I doubt it would make much difference in temperatures"

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Thursday, March 26, 2009
HIS HD 4650 iSilence 512 MB @ techPowerUp
"The HIS HD 4650 iSilence with its passive Zalman cooling solution offers a noise free experience, which is especially important when building a quiet media PC system. On top of that you will also receive a full version of the STALKER Clear Sky game."

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HP Firebird 802 Review @ Digital Trends
"After leaving traces of drool on HP's tiny-yet-powerful Firebird on the show floor at CES, we couldn't wait to get (a clean) one home and put it through all the rigors of real-world gaming. The computer's hybrid design combines components from both the powerful desktop and compact notebook realms in an attempt to wring both performance and efficiency from a compact desktop you wouldn't be ashamed to show off. It's a unique approach that flies in the face of the typical over-the-top gaming rigs that emphasize computational grunt above all else. But can scavenged notebook pieces really compete in a field dominated by shameless watt guzzlers? We set up our freshly acquired Firebird up in the DT labs to find out."

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Marantz SR6003 A/V Receiver Review @ Digital Trends
"Uncompromising sound requires the best audiophile-quality gear. But in this current digital age, you never know which sound source you might want to use for an evening of entertainment. You might watch Blu-Ray movies on a 1080p HDTV; prefer the uncompressed audio files obtained from a CD and loaded onto your iPod; and play games on both an Xbox 360 and a Sony PlayStation 3. Connecting them all together - and still maintaining near perfect audio quality - is a challenge."

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PowerColor SCS3 Radeon HD 4650 512MB
"Back in December we looked at the Sapphire Radeon HD 4650 512MB OC graphics card. This mid-range ATI graphics card had performed well under Linux and what separated it from the other Radeon HD 4650 graphics cards on the market was its factory overclock of 650/900MHz. While not factory overclocked beyond the RV730PRO specifications, PowerColor has the PowerColor SCS3 Radeon HD 4650 512MB, which instead offers passive cooling. Is this an ideal candidate for a Linux-based HTPC? In this article we are looking at the PowerColor SCS3 Radeon HD 4650 512MB."

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Antec 750 True Power New @ Bjorn3D
"It's a grim reality that not everyone needs the biggest, baddest, meanest, power supply out on the market to power our computers. What we do need is one that can power our computers safely, effortlessly, while at the same time providing our machines with clean dependable power."

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ACARD ANS-9010 DDR2 SATA RAM-Drive @ Benchmark Reviews
"The ACARD ANS-9010 is a solid state SATA RAM-Drive made of several DDR2 memory modules. A RAM-Disk allows for faster transfer speeds than traditional IDE/SATA hard drives and USB/eSATA flash drives. RAM-Disks offer a speedy random access rate and shorter access time, and are best-suited for graphic designers and database systems. The ACARD ANS-9010 supports an CompactFlash (CF) slot for data backup and restoration to prevent data loss. In this article Benchmark Reviews tests the performance of the ACARD ANS-9010 RAM-Disk against the fastest SSDs on the market today."

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Wednesday, March 25, 2009
Dawn of War 2 Warhammer 40,000 @ Bjorn3D
"Developed by award winning Relic Entertainment, Dawn of War"

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WD Scorpio Blue 500GB Notebook Hard Drive @ Legit Reviews
"The Seagate Momentus 7200.2 200GB hard drive was able to reach 48MBps on both the read and write tests, but the Western Digital Scorpio Blue 500GB hard drive was able to reach 84MBps on the same test. With a 75% faster transfer rate the Western Digital Scorpio Blue 500GB hard drive is very impressive.."

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Intel Moblin V2 Alpha 2: It Boots Even Faster!
"Back in January Intel had pushed out its first alpha release for Moblin V2. This Intel-optimized Linux distribution targeting systems with Intel Atom hardware was quite unique and offered a number of advantages for being a netbook-oriented operating system. Particularly special about Intel Moblin V2 was its boot-time, which was extremely fast when using a Solid-State Drive. Intel has now put out a second alpha release for Moblin V2, which we are briefly exploring today."

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OCZ Throttle 32GB eSATA Flash Drive Review
"Today we are going to look at the OCZ Throttle flash drive. The Throttle is special for its dual interface design that allows you to use it as an eSATA drive or a USB drive depending on the computer you are using. The Throttle offers massive amounts of storage and is one of the fastest drives you can get. Read on for all the details on the OCZ Throttle flash drive."

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10 DIY Home Theater Tips
"When you have your first child, people seem to come out of the woodwork with all kinds of advice. There are endless unsolicited tips on diapering, feeding and sleep schedules. Well, to many, a home theater is like a baby, and with its birth comes a lot of opinion. Everyone and their installer has ideas, tweaks, products and plenty of other info. After all, there are endless audio and video products, as well as spaces, setups and resources. We asked 10 do-it-yourselfers to throw out the best advice for your growing baby. Here's what they had to share."

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Canon PowerShot SX200 IS Review @ Digital Trends
"Traveling photographers are a picky bunch. They want a wide focal range in order to capture everything from broad vistas, to the eyeballs of scampering wildlife. They also want good quality, without the bulk and expense of DSLRs. Enter cameras like the new Canon PowerShot SX200 IS, with its compact size and image-stabilized 12x zoom, plus the ability to take high-def clips. The SX200 is one of the first of Canon's Class of 2009, and we were anxious to see if the company would maintain its standards during a trip to Aruba. (Hey, even reviewers have to take"

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Western Digital Caviar Green 2TB Hard Drive Review @ Bigbruin.com
"Western Digital is one of the big names in hard drives, and one of their latest releases puts a much stronger emphasis on the word big. Model number WD20EADS is a 3.5" SATA 3Gbps hard drive from their "eco-friendly" Caviar Green series that sports 32MB of cache memory and an industry leading 2TB of storage capacity."

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Titan G4T Magic Pad Notebook Cooler @ Bjorn3D
"Laptop cooling pads have evolved since we used the Athlon in every day useage and now we're starting to see multi-fan extendable pads that feature up to 4 fans and can accommodate a 14 inch laptop all the way up to our new Toshiba Satellite 17 inch laptop. Since we're big believers in laptop cooling and keeping our laps cool we were delighted when Titan approached us about reviewing their Titan G4T Magic Pad laptop cooler. We're hoping for another 4 1/2 years of good service from the new Toshiba Satellite that we use for writing reviews on a day to day basis and have high expectations for the Titan G4T Magic pad facilitating that long life."

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Logitech G19 Review @ Digital Trends
"Gamers form highly personal attachments to their keyboards and mice, because finding the perfect peripheral can favorably impact the ratio between triumphant victories and humiliating defeats. After all, if you're dropping several grand on a new gaming PC, or even several hundred to upgrade the one you have, doesn't it make sense to also buy an accessory that can give you an edge on the latest interactive blockbuster?"

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ECONOMIC RECESSION : Rebirth Of The Smart Computer Consumer @ Tweaknews
"Consumers are no longer replacing their computer every 2-3 years seeing the one they bought in 2002 after a format and OS reinstall is still perfectly fast and they are only out the cost of paying a tech to return their computer back to factory fresh."

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Tuesday, March 24, 2009
HIS HD 4870 IceQ4+ Turbo 1 GB GDDR5 @ techPowerUp
"In addition to the long and complicated name, the HIS HD 4870 IceQ4+ Turbo features twice the memory compared to the AMD HD 4870 reference design. The clock speeds have also received a boost, now running at 770 MHz core and 1000 MHz memory out of the box. Last but not least, HIS replaced the AMD cooler with their own IceQ cooling system."

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Benchmarking The Linux 2.6.24 Through 2.6.29 Kernels
"With the release yesterday of the Linux 2.6.29 kernel, we have set out to explore how the desktop performance has evolved over the past six major kernel releases. On a few occasions in the past we have provided kernel benchmarks (at one point even benchmarking 12 kernels), but this time around we have included nearly two dozen benchmarks using the Phoronix Test Suite. How has the Linux performance evolved since the release of the Linux 2.6.24 kernel back in early 2008? Well, simply put, the Linux 2.6.29 kernel in a few areas does pack some serious performance boosts."

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Creative Labs Continues To Shaft Linux
"It has been a while since last mentioning the Creative X-Fi sound cards at Phoronix, but it's not because the Linux support is all nice and working now that Creative open-sourced their X-Fi driver, but rather things have stalled. The X-Fi sound cards still are a sore spot on Linux and there isn't"

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Third-Generation Apple iPod Shuffle Review @ Digital Trends
"With Apple's minimalistic taste in design, less is always more. And there's no better evidence than the latest iPod Shuffle, which has no buttons, no display, no expandable media slot, and no removable battery - yet makes up for it in being so small that it could quite literally get lost in a pocket. Apple's latest play to gym fanatics and pavement pounders everywhere sacrifices the intuitive interface of the original, but adds to the feature stack as well, with VoiceOver, text-to-speech technology that actually allows the MP3 player to read track titles and artist names aloud to you. There's no question that mountaineering types hoping to strip every ounce off their personal media players will appreciate the Shuffle's ultra-svelte dimensions and weight, but has the company pared too far in its quest for the impossibly slim?"

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Amazon Kindle 2 Review @ Digital Trends
"Reading a book online is like cooking a hotdog with your bare hands at a campfire: it doesn't really work, and the longer you try, the more it hurts. Even if you find a really compelling e-book, current generation LCD screens flicker too much - your brain and your eyes know this, even if you can't tell - and the resolution is too low. Besides, no one wants to curl up for the night in front of their Dell desktop. Yet, as major newspapers such as the Seattle Post-Intelligencer move to an online-only format, the issue of reading online will only become more important. Amazon recently upgraded its first eBook reader, the Kindle, to make online reading more bearable - without a computer and without the Web. It's an intelligent device, marred only slightly by a less-than-stylish approach and scant"

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MSI 790GX-G65 AM3 Motherboard @ Bjorn3D
"AM3 parts are slowly coming around and everybody who have happend to stay on the AMD camp are getting excited. DDR3 prices are slowly coming down to a mainstream price and so now it's time to upgrade. MSI seemed to have jumped the gun on most companies and have released two boards for our AMD gaming community. We have today the 790GX-G65 mainboard that supports the growing demand for DDR3 as well as the new AM3 processors that support this RAM. Tie that together with some Crossfire support, EZ overclocking features, onboard HD 3300 VGA, and many more features and you have quite the beginer AM3 board."

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Orb Audio Mod 2 and Uber Ten Review @ Digital Trends
"Orb Audio is an Internet-direct retailer that is out to own the"

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Monday, March 23, 2009
Microsoft SideWinder X8 Gaming Mouse Review
"Today we are looking at the Microsoft SideWinder X8 wireless gaming mouse. This is the first gaming mouse from Microsoft to use its new BlueTrack technology sensor. The wireless mouse promised 30 hours of gaming per charge, uses a recharge system that lets you play, and charge the battery at the same time. The mouse also has 12 programmable buttons and macro capability."

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ASUS Rampage 2 Extreme Motherboard Review @ Legit Reviews
"The ASUS Rampage 2 Extreme is the most advanced motherboard I have ever tested. Having owned many"

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LSI MegaRaid (SAS 8708EM2) & Seagate Savvio 15K (ST973451SS) @ Bjorn3D
"Are you ready for some seriously insane RAID action? We know that you are. We have RAID in every flavor that our LSI RAID controller will handle with the drives we have available (10 Seagate Savvio 15K SAS drives). As a point of interest, the LSI MegaRaid controller will also handle SATA drives. We're going past SATA and right to SAS with its lightning fast access times and spindle speeds up to 15K RPM. RAID, RAID, and more RAID. RAID0, RAID1, RAID5, and RAID6 are on the menu today, so set back and enjoy this feast of RAID."

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Palit GeForce GTX 260 Sonic 216SP @ Benchmark Reviews
"Because of the various factors working against desktop graphics, I'd say that now is the time for manufacturers to stop building a bigger mousetrap, and instead build it better. That's what Palit does, and their approach to discreet graphics products usually follows the rule of function before fashion. In this case, it's function and realistic performance needs before fashion and marketing hype. Sure, NVIDIA would lover for you to believe that SLI is necessary to play the newest video games, but oddly enough the nearly all new games still work fairly well with a single three-generation old video card. So where's the sweet spot? Benchmark Reviews tests the Palit GeForce GTX 260 Sonic 216SP model NE3X262SFT394-PM8026 video card to see just how much money you need to spend to enjoy fast frame rates at high resolution."

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Sunday, March 22, 2009
Logitech QuickCam Communicate Deluxe
"While a relatively simple device, web-cameras are still an area on Linux that can be problematic when it comes to compatibility and the device functioning properly. The level of Linux support for USB web-cameras has improved quite a bit in recent years, and for many devices it is now a plug-and-play experience, but that is not the case for all devices. In this article we are taking a brief look at the Logitech QuickCam Communicate Deluxe. The QuickCam Communicate Deluxe has a 1.3 mega-pixel sensor with the capabilities to capture video up to a resolution of 1280 x 1024 at 30 frames per second."

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Seagate Momentus 7200.2 200GB Notebook Hard Drive @ Legit Reviews
"I personally replaced an older Fujitsu MHV2060BH 60GB 5400RPM SATA 2.5"

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PromoLocker Customized USB Flash Drives @ Bjorn3D
"USB flash drives have become a necessity in our daily life as a primary means of portable data storage. Many of us probably have a few of flash drives in different shapes and sizes laying around on our desktops"

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Saturday, March 21, 2009
Coolink Silentator @ Bjorn3D
"This, once again, goes back to your thinning wallet. Coolink understands your pain, and that is why they have rolled out the Silentator. At only $50 USD, this is one of the cheaper CPU coolers. Generally, with cheapness comes a lack of quality. Will the Silentator, with its cheaper price, be able to outperform the stock AMD heat sink? Moreover, will the Silentator be able to handle the extra heat for those who dare to increase CPU voltage? With a few tests we should be able to determine if this cooler stacks up to others in its price range."

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Friday, March 20, 2009
CoolIT Domino A.L.C CPU Cooler @ techPowerUp
"The CoolIT Domino A.L.C. CPU cooler is a water cooling unit at the price of an air cooler. It has three fan speed modes and features a blue backlit LCD screen. Installation is simple for a water cooling unit and its performance is exceptional considering its low price of $79.99."

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NVIDIA Ion PC - Intel Atom Done Right? @ Legit Reviews
"Without a doubt the NVIDIA Ion platform is going to turn heads when it comes to market as it is a mixture of a netbook, a laptop, and a desktop all in a miniature PC. Since the Ion has the ability to play HD content it would make a great platform to design an ultra sleek and lower power home theater PC (HTPC) or media PC. Could you imagine if a computer manufacturer picked up the Ion platform and put it in a slightly larger chassis that contained a slot load Blu-Ray player and a TV tuner? That would be the ultimate HTPC and I, for one, would purchase a pair to replace the two HTPC's that I own. My most power efficient HTPC idles at 90W, so to move to something that takes up less space and 77% less power is an easy call..."

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Open-Source ATI Graphics In Ubuntu 9.04
"Ubuntu 9.04 will be released towards the end of next month and it is picking up the Linux 2.6.28 kernel, GNOME 2.26, and other improvements like install-time support for the EXT4 file-system and some subtle improvements. When it comes to the X.Org side it is shipping with X Server 1.6 and the stabilized version of Mesa 7.3. Specifically in regards to the ATI Linux graphics, it will be shipping with an updated xf86-video-ati driver by default and Catalyst 9.4 will be an option for the user. With Ubuntu 9.04 Alpha 6 having been released last week, we have run a few benchmarks comparing the open-source ATI performance in Ubuntu 8.10 and Ubuntu 9.04 Alpha 6."

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Logitech G9x Laser Mouse Review @ Digital Trends
"Do you prefer a mouse with substance or one you can flick with the slightest effort of your wrist? Do you need a wide mouse to fill a large hand, or would you prefer something more diminutive? Do you like a scroll wheel that clicks or one that rolls smoothly? Logitech's customizable G9x Laser Mouse can suit you however you choose to answer the above questions."

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Interview With James Hildebrandt, CEO of Psyko @ Bjorn3D
"Bjorn3D has an opportunity to do an interview with James Hildebrandt, head of Psyko. Psyko made a huge noise this year at CES with their hardware based 5.1 headset. James is kind enough to give us a bit more information about the headset and his background, his company, and his thought in the 5.1 heatset. We have invited our readers to contribute to the questions which we have compiled along with our own list and submitted to Psyko."

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Thursday, March 19, 2009
10 Fun Things to Do With Photos
"If you're like most digital camera owners, your photos are copied over to a PC's hard drive and forgotten about -- save, maybe, for the odd one you print out, email to a relative, or create computer wallpaper with. But you can do much more with these memories. Resist dumping these once-in-a-lifetime shots into your computer's"

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Tech We Regret
"Having recently condensed several of the world's most idiotic inventions into the Dumbest Gadgets and Technologies Ever, we couldn't resist glancing back at some of the runners up. (After all, as any good journalist worth their weight in newsprint knows, you never know when a creative punchline's needed.) Ironically enough, it soon proved obvious that they were just too good (or bad, depending on how you look at it) not to share. And so, after another heated round of debate and discussion, we've whittled the list down a handful more of the most embarrassing, mind-boggling, impossible-to-comprehend technologies ever to grace planet Earth. With that in mind, brace yourself: Following are ten more feats of creativity and engineering the world would be a brighter place without."

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ASUS Eee Top Review - Touch Screen Desktop PC @ Legit Reviews
"The ASUS Eee Top was designed with usefulness and convenience in mind. It is an excellent solution for networking, as an educational tool in small meetings or classrooms, leaving memos without the paper waste, or even for using at home for something as simple as looking up recipes online without taking up hardly any counter space!..."

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Wednesday, March 18, 2009
Cooler Master Hyper N520 CPU Cooler Review @ Bigbruin.com
"Overall, the cooler seems to be well made and so far the design intrigues me. The more compact size might be good for HTPCs or other computers with side panel fans that interfere with larger heatpipe towers. I just hope that the two 'smaller' fans can compete with the noise level and cooling performance of a 120mm unit."

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Antec 900 2 Gaming Case @ Bjorn3D
"When companies are making cases designed for gamers they tend to generally stick to three main ideas. These three things are lights, airflow, and versatility. Gamers often times have massive graphics cards that they need to fit into cases and even sometimes have up to three of these 10.5' long cards crammed into their case. Lights are there to look pretty and keep the owner happy in the sense that they can say, 'Woo, pretty lights'. Along with those pretty lights, airflow is extremely important because of the amount of hardware and the amount of heat that hardware makes. That hot air needs to be moved out of the case in order to keep the temperatures within reasonable operating limits."

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Nokia 7510 Supernova Review @ Digital Trends
"Candy bar phones are en vogue right now, but there are still plenty of positives to recommend traditional flip phone models as well. The Nokia 7510 is a nice, slightly retro representative of the latter category that subtly conveys style over substance. The handset isn't going to impress any longtime phone users, but it proves to be a solid alternative to the abundance of Swiss army knife mobiles out today."

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Kingston HyperX T1 1866 (KHX14900D3T1K3/6GX) @ Bjorn3D
"We've been noticing a fluctuation on the playing field of memory and Kingston has been scoring the touchdowns right and left with their HyperX lineup. We've been keeping a close eye on the different triple channel kits available for Core i7 machines and the bandwidth has been amazing. Kingston's line of HyperX and the new Kingston T1 heatspreader have been right there at the forefront of triple channel memory technology. Providing blazing speed and massive bandwidth, and looking good doing it, the Kingston HyperX T1 1866 we have to look at today just performs better than an 1866 MHz kit of triple channel should. Easily outdistancing kits rated to run at the same speed or faster it awed and amazed us."

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Vizio VSB210WS Soundbar Review @ Digital Trends
"Everything's high definition now - from TVs to women's make-up (no kidding). HDTVs have been around for a decade, and now manufacturers are pushing high-def sound big time, too. We've always been fans of true 5.1-speaker surround sound systems, but they're expensive and a hassle to install. That's why most people (over 60 percent, according to surveys) use built-in television speakers alone for shows and movies. A good middle ground are"

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Tuesday, March 17, 2009
Best CPU Cooler Performance LGA1366 - Q1 2009 @ BmR
"Throughout all of 2008, I made it my mission to test every high-performance CPU cooler that Benchmark Reviews received. The Core 2 Duo and Core 2 Quad processors did their part to separate the cream of the crop from our large collection of LGA775 coolers. In our previous Best CPU Cooler Performance article, Benchmark Reviews retired the LGA775 platform from its testing duties and made room for the up-and-coming LGA1366 socket. It didn't take long to collect several CPU coolers designed for the Intel Core i7 CPU & X58 platform. This Best CPU Cooler Performance LGA1366 - Q1 2009 article focuses on a wide selection of performance-cooling products for overclockers. It's a mistake to think that any LGA775 cooler can do just as well with the new LGA1366/Core i7 platform; primarily because the size and location of processor cores has changed."

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PaLiT GeForce GTX 260 55nm Video Card Review @ Legit Reviews
"Making the jump from 65nm to 55nm has helped tame load power consumption and enabled even more overclocking headroom. Judging from the overclocking results, PaLiT could easily ramp up the clocks another 20 to 30MHz on the core and compete against the top tier 65nm GTX 260s. The only sour moment we had with the PaLiT GeForce GTX 260 Sonic 216SP 55nm was the idle power consumption, the lack of 2D and 3D clocks threw off power consumption and tarnished an otherwise satisfactory card. This is due to a vBIOS issue and PaLiT is using a reference NVIDIA board. This means that NVIDIA needs to release a new vBIOS for reference designed cards. Right now the PaLiT GeForce GTX 260 Sonic 216 SP video card seems like a rush job that fails to impress us. What is the point of releasing a new card that is basically nothing more than a die shrink only to have a rushed and incomplete vBIOS? If the vBIOS was 100% this 55nm card would have lower temperatures and power consumption numbe rs when compared to a 65nm card at both idle and load, but that is not the case..."

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Form Meets Function: Decorative Technology
"Gone are the days when the living room was meant for enjoying tea and crumpets, and entertaining guests. Even if you still do those things in yours, no doubt you've got an entertainment system somewhere in the room -whether it's a simple audio system or a full-on home entertainment setup. Either way, when you're not using the room for watching or listening, it's nice to reclaim the look of a serene living space without techno-clutter encroaching on your piece of mind. Here are some of our favorite tech products that have aesthetics, not just performance, in mind."

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ASUS Eee Top Fails With Linux
"ASUS is among the few tier-one hardware vendors that understands Linux. Of the dozens of ASUS products we have tested over the years, it is hard to remember a product from ASUS that did not work well with Linux. ASUS was even the first motherboard vendor to ship with an embedded instant-on Linux environment known as SplashTop and they continued their adoption of this lightweight Linux desktop with their notebooks and a massive number of motherboards. Earlier this year ASUS also struck a deal to put Phoenix HyperSpace on some of their products, which is another Linux-based environment. On top of these other Linux efforts, ASUS also ships a modified version of Xandros Linux on their very popular Eee PC series. Their recently introduced Eee Top series, however, is not Linux friendly at all with the current generation of Linux distributions. The ASUS Eee Top ET1602 is a mighty fine piece of hardware at an exceptional value, but it does not know how to play with Linux without taking some advanced steps."

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LG Lotus Review @ Digital Trends
"Take the square shape and QWERTY keyboard of the Samsung Propel. Mix in Sprint's vertical carousel customizable One Click menu found on the Samsung Highnote and Rant. Give it a flip form factor. Voila, you have the LG Lotus, officially the LX600 from Sprint ($99.99 with contract and rebates). While the Lotus is a bit derivative, Sprint offers only two other messaging-centric models, the Samsung Rant and the LG Rumor. Both of these other non-smartphone QWERTY phones are less expensive than the Lotus, and are equipped with easier-to-use, wider keyboards. But Lotus' 2.4-inch screen is brighter and easier to read, making it far superior for watching Sprint TV, and for both viewing and taking photos."

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Motorola MOTO W233 Renew Review @ Digital Trends
"Going green, or making ecologically conscious purchases, is the newest trend. The MOTO Renew is one of the first, if not the first, major mobile phone to be made with recycled material - in this case, water bottles. It even comes with a pre-paid recycle pack to mail your previous phone in. Greenness aside though, the MOTO Renew is your basic, albeit highly affordable phone."

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Spire TherMax II CPU Cooler @ Bjorn3D
"A CPU is at the heart of every computer, laptops and desktops alike, and although the solutions may be different, everyone of those CPU's has some sort of cooling device on it. Laptop coolers are small and quiet, and although there are some desktop coolers that are like this, most of them tend to be a bit bigger and noisier. As you enter the enthusiast and gamer cooling markets, the solutions perform better, tend to be bigger and louder, and most often look cool."

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akasa Elite (ak-cr02-bk) Card and sim reader Review @ XtremeComputing
"For this review I will be looking at a new product from possibly one of the best-known names in the computer hardware business, akasa. The product I will be looking at is the akasa elite, a card reader with a difference as it can also read sim cards and smart cards."

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Monday, March 16, 2009
Icy Dock MB881US-1S-1 External Hard Drive Docking Station Reviews @ Tweaknews
"The stand in particular turned out to be more rugged than I initially thought it would be. Despite that though, a drive mounted on the dock can still shimmy around pretty easily with the slightest touch. Because of this, it is probably best suited for an environment where it's not likely to be disturbed."

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Antec Fusion Remote Max HTPC Enclosure review in Metku.net
"Like the Sonata Elite, also the Fusion Remote Max is an updated version of a case we've already reviewed on Metku.net once before. While the Sonata Elite still followed the footprints of its predecessors, the Fusion Max goes a bit further and the internal layout is redone to take full-size ATX motherboards."

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Sandisk ImageMate Multi-Card USB 2.0 Reader Review @ Legit Reviews
"Using the Removable Storage Benchmark found in SiSoftware Sandra 2009 SP3 we were able to get a pretty good idea of the performance that the SanDisk ImageMate Multi-Card USB 2.0 Reader/Writer offers with various file sizes. As you can tell from the chart above, performance generally increases as the file size goes up. In the 64MB Files Test the Sandisk reader was 39% faster than the Kingston reader when it came to reading files of this size..."

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File-System Benchmarks On The Intel X25-E SSD
"Late last month we looked at the Intel X25-E Extreme SSD on Linux. We ran this high-performance solid-state drive within a System76 Serval Notebook and compared its performance to a Seagate Momentus 7200.2 SATA HDD. During that testing we were just using the default EXT3 file-system, but now we have taken the Intel X25-E SSD for another spin as we looked at its performance when using the ReiserFS, JFS, XFS, EXT3, and EXT4 file-systems."

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Choosing a Subwoofer
"Imagine Die Hard without explosions, Bond without the bullets, or The Matrix without kung-fu. Translation: Speakers are nice. However, if you're serious about sound, you may want to include a subwoofer in your home setup. To put it simply, the subwoofer is the heart of the system when it comes to low-frequency sounds. While the sub may not look as cool as the other speakers in your home theater readout (although certain models can!), this is the unit that can put you in the middle of the concert or the action, all from your living room couch. It makes music and movies (especially action scenes) seem that much more arresting and lifelike. The typical human hearing range is about 20 to 20,000 Hertz (Hz). A subwoofer handles the low end of that range, providing the smashes, crashes and thumps. This type of sound requires its own, fairly large driver. The average sub includes a woofer somewhere from 5 to 18 inches in diameter. That's kind of a large spectrum, however. So how to decide which subwoofer is right for your room?"

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Asus M4A78T-E AM3 DDR3 Motherboard @ Bjorn3D
"Asus has always been in the fast lane when it comes to releasing new technology and this time they're one of the first to field a viable AM3 board that budget minded enthusiasts can afford. The Asus M4A78T-E is targeted toward the new AM3 Phenom II lineup of CPU's and takes DDR3. We were excited to see the new generation board becoming available and when Asus offered one of the M4A78T-E boards up to the benchmarking alter we were quick to accept."

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Cooler Master V10 Hybrid Heatpipe/T.E.C. CPU Cooler Review @ Tweaknews
"Cooler Master's V10 is impressive in many respects. Size and stature are reassuringly large, but fitment may be an issue for some motherboards and cases. The engineering innovation and design are quite nice, as is the fit and finish. Unfortunately, the high cost and potentially troublesome installation leave something to be desired. Frankly, there are better performing coolers out there that are half the price, easier to install and perform just as well."

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Sunday, March 15, 2009
G.Skill Titan 128GB SATA SSD FM-25S2S-128GBT1 @ BmR
"For the past several years, G.Skill has built a reputation for offering premium-grade products at economy-level pricing. Similar to their competition, G.Skill offers enthusiast products in several different markets. The brand name has been built on a solid history of quality system memory product lines, and not long ago they introduced the very impressive G.Skill FM-25S2S-64GB SATA-II MLC SSD. Using a pair of JMicron JMF602B SSD controllers to organize two banks of Samsung K9HCG08U1M DRAM modules into a JMB390 controller, the new G.Skill Titan SSD offers an impressive capacity with internal RAID-0 performance to subdue stuttering. Benchmark Reviews tests the performance of the G.Skill Titan 128GB SATA SSD FM-25S2S-128GBT1 against over two dozen other products in this article, including its twin brother, the OCZ Apex."

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GigaByte EX58-UD4P @ Bjorn3D
"Since the introduction of the x58 chipset and the Core i7 CPU, it is kinda hard to determine which board is the better one or provides the most features. That includes the one thing we all like to have on our computers, which is, stability. And that's whether it's at default CPU speeds or when we overclock our computers just a little bit to gain that extra performance or overclock our components a lot. We all want to have stability. It does help to make overclocking a little easier and make the adjustments a bit more understandable as well."

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Friday, March 13, 2009
Garmin Nuvi 265WT Review @ Digital Trends
"Though traffic has always been billed as a premium, subscription-based feature on navigation systems, the latter half of 2008 went a long way in demolishing that reputation. Garmin and Navigon both announced affordable GPS systems with free lifetime traffic, and even the budget outfit Mio got in the game by offering a solid year of free traffic with its units."

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10 Best Ways to Backup Data
"Most computer users recognize the importance of backing up key files on a regular basis -- be it documents, music, irreplaceable photos and camcorder footage -- but not everyone is aware of how to go about doing it, and which products are needed to pull it off. Here we look at a handful of top-rated backup solutions to help you make a suitable choice based on your needs and budget."

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AMD FirePro V8700 1GB
"The ATI FireGL graphics cards have been a staple of the workstation graphics scene for about a decade, but last year AMD made the decision to end the FireGL series and create the FirePro 3D series in its place. The FirePro 3D series is now made up of graphics cards ranging in price from under $100 USD and built using their RV730 GPU to their highest-end models costing well over $1,000 and using the RV770XT graphics processor. The ATI RV770XT is what is used by the consumer-grade Radeon HD 4870, which was greeted by same-day Linux support and other firsts for their Linux Catalyst driver like OverDrive, RandR 1.2 support, and CrossFire. The support for the new FirePro graphics cards is also first-rate under Linux with their Catalyst driver, but how is their performance? In this article we are examining the ATI FirePro V8700 1GB workstation graphics card under Linux."

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Cooler Master V10 CPU Cooler Review @ Legit Reviews
"I have to say that I really like the Cooler Master V10 CPU Cooler. Cooler Master has been hard at work on it for over a year and it looks like all that hard work paid off. Yes it is big, yes it is bulky, but that and the ability to cool so well are what make this thing awesome. Even though you may not get Megan Fox under your side panel checking it out, I'm sure that you'll have plenty of friends asking you about your new CPU cooler..."

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XSPC Razor 4870 Full Coverage Water Block @ Bjorn3D
"Video cards these days are just as powerful in some applications as the main processor in today’s top end systems and all this power comes at a cost of generating large amounts of heat. Most of the stock coolers are barely sufficient to keep these top end cards cool under the most ideal circumstances. Put them in a crowded cluttered chassis and you’re just asking for heat related problems."

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Thursday, March 12, 2009
Which Internet Browser is Fastest for Windows? @ Legit Reviews
"Using a resolution of 1920x1200 and with no other applications open, we fired up the brand new Peacemaker benchmark to see which was the fastest browser. After the dust settled Apple's Safari 4.0 beta was clearly in the lead and was found to be over six times faster than the slowest browser, Microsoft's Internet Explorer 7.0. It should be pointed out that SeaMonkey 2.0 Alpha 3 did very well and offers significant improvements over SeaMonkey 1.1.14. Firefox 3.1 beta 3 was just released this afternoon and it offers better performance than the previous beta..."

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Super Talent Luxio 64GB USB 2.0 Flash Drive @ Legit Reviews
"Super Talent is well-known and respected when it comes to memory products and currently holds over 200 patents in Flash and DRAM technology. Their latest USB flash drive is called the Luxio and at 64GB is one of the largest capacity USB drives available. Considering it wasn't long ago when 60GB was more than ample for an OS installed hard drive on a system, that's an incredible amount of storage in a small package. There are even some laptops and netbooks shipping today with only 60GB drives. To put it in perspective, this is enough storage to hold nearly 20,000 six megapixel photos. Impressive for a device weighing a mere ounce and can be found online for roughly $139.99..."

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Tomorrow's Most Promising Technologies
"We've all seen magazine covers anticipating Terminator-like vision through a pair of contact lenses, hydraulic body suits that augment the body with superhuman strength, and swarms of nanorobots that can construct anything in the blink of an eye. But this is 2009. While he hate to be pessimists, we're more interested in things we'll be seeing within the next decade than those we'll still reading about in the pages of Popular Science on our deathbeds. With that in mind, here are a few of the most exciting new technologies on the brink of becoming reality that could very well change the world as we know it very shortly. While many exist today in immature form, these are the innovations we think will shape the world as we know it over the coming years."

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Olympus Stylus Tough-8000 Review @ Digital Trends
"Given the high ratings of Survivor and extreme sports, it makes all the sense in the world that tough digicams are more popular than ever. You've gotta record those exploits to share with the world, right? As we reported from PMA, several companies added their names to the growing list offering cameras that can take a serious beating, such as crashing onto rocks, being stepped on, tossed into overboard or just plain manhandled by a rambunctious three-year-old. Olympus started the trend with its Stylus SW series, and now has introduced two new ones with an official"

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In-Win Commander 850W Power Supply @ Bjorn3D
"The power supply is sometimes misunderstood as one of the main components that every computer requires to run. When shopping for power supplies, sometimes we don't understand exactly how important it actually is and tend to not give it some serious thought and even sometimes grab the least powerful/costly unit that we see. This is a very bad idea because the power supply regulates and protects all your other components, and when getting the cheaper units, they tend to die and most times they don't go out alone."

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XFX Geforce 9800 GTX+ Black Edition Video Card w/ Far Cry 2 Review @ Tweaknews
"Overall, to say I am impressed with XFX's tweaked version of the 9800GTX+ would be an understatement. It handles all the recent games with relative ease all while under very tough image quality and resolution settings and all for a price of around US$189. Couple in the fact that you get one or even two quality recent games with the package and you have a purchase that will perform right out of the box."

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Wednesday, March 11, 2009
Chieftec HM-01B HTPC Case Review @ Bigbruin.com
"Installing a system in the Chieftec HM-01B HTPC case was extremely simple, and the tool-less drive features may be the best I have ever used. Unfortunately not all aspects of the installation are tool-less, but it went quickly anyway. The internal layout gives you plenty of room for all the necessary components, with means to manage the wires neatly."

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FiiO E3 & E5 Portable Headphone Amplifier @ techPowerUp
"When it comes to portable headphone amplifiers one brand that has everybody talking is FiiO. Their inexpensive portable headphone amplifiers shook the market and has gained immense popularity. Read on as we take the E3 and E5 out for a spin."

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An Interview With The Developers Of FFmpeg
"Earlier this week the FFmpeg project reached version 0.5, which was quite significant considering no new FFmpeg release was made available in years. This release contained a plethora of new encoders and decoders, support for VDPAU, a variety of bug-fixes, and many other improvements. What is next for FFmpeg? When will we see proper Blu-ray support? Will there be a 1.0 release in the foreseeable future? To answer these questions plus others, I spoke with three of the main FFmpeg developers about this very popular -- and important -- open-source multimedia project."

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Intel Core 2 Quad Q9550S Processor Review @ Legit Reviews
"The performance of the Intel Core 2 Quad Q9550 processor was impressive, and for those wanting to spend under $275 on an LGA775 processor it packs some horsepower under the hood that rivals nearly any other LGA775 processor. With four processing cores running at 2.83GHz, a total of 12MB of shared L2 cache, a 1333MHz Front Side Bus (FSB) and the fact that the processor is built on the 45nm process are the reasons that it does so well in the benchmarks. The Intel Q9550 is also an overclocking monster as we were able to reach an overclock of 1.2GHz with ease. With the Intel Q9550 processor running at a clock frequency of 4GHz it was easily able to compete against the Intel Core i7 series, which shows what a little clock frequency will do to the potential of the Q9550..."

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Asus Eee 1002HA Review @ Digital Trends
"If there's one problem plaguing just about every netbook out on the market right now, it's that cheap, toy-like feel. Manufacturers just can't seem to escape it when they're having their devices manufactured thousands of miles away in factories that seemingly just switched over just last month from building olive-green plastic army men. Asus attempted to remedy the netbook's image problem with the high-end S101, but price followed suit, and the $800 price tag made us question whether you call it a netbook at all. The Eee 1002HA stands as a compromise between the two, adopting the luxurious look of the latter within the price range ($499 MSRP) of a true netbook."

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Pentax K2000 Review @ Digital Trends
"Don't buy a compact digital camera!"

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10 Best Ways to Convert Photos, Records, Videos and Tapes @ Digital Trends
"It's a digital world, but most of us are still holding on to a lot of analog media. There are the vinyl records we couldn't bear to part with; the home movies shot with an analog camcorder; the lovingly-created mixtapes on cassette; and, of course, the photographic prints and 35mm slides from holidays, vacations and family gatherings of yesteryear. Service bureaus are getting rich charging exorbitant fees to bring these analog memories into the digital realm, but there are plenty of good tools available for anyone who's interested in taking the do-it-yourself approach. Here are some the best."

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Cooler Master V10 CPU Cooler @ Bjorn3D
"In the constant pursuit of higher clock speeds, one thing is for sure. You will need better cooling. For those who feel more daring than your average Joe, there is a whole slew of aftermarket coolers that can be used to achieve the highest overclock possible. Many of these people consider themselves extreme users. What if you're not feeling so 'extreme' and just want to improve your speed without running a liquid system? Well, Cooler Master has answered the call with their V10 CPU cooler."

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ASRock AOD790GX/128M AM2+ Motherboard @ Benchmark Reviews
"Everybody knows that if you're number 2, you try harder, What if you're number 3 or 4, what do you do then? You look for Golden Opportunities to prove that you have first class products. ASRock did just that during the rise of the Core2Duo era, when overclocking nearly became a household word. ASRock built a stellar reputation with LGA775 motherboards that survived (and thrived) at the high Front Side Bus clock speeds that were required to get those Intel CPUs singing soprano. ASRock now has a new opportunity for market expansion, with the release of the AMD Phenom II CPUs; they once again have a chance to show the world that their products are second to none for supporting the latest and greatest CPUs, with an eye towards the enthusiast market. With the new Phenom II chips, there are certainly some brand new reasons to start looking at AMD-based motherboards again. The new ASRock AOD790GX/128M motherboard uses all the latest support chips from AMD: the 790 series Northbridge and the SB750 Southbridge. The 790GX also provides integrated graphics processing with an ATI 3300 GPU inside. Follow along with Benchmark Reviews as we take a good look at what ASRock has brought to the latest AMD party, with their new AOD790GX/128M motherboard."

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Tuesday, March 10, 2009
Galaxy GeForce GTS 250 1 GB @ techPowerUp
"While NVIDIA's GTS 250 isn't really new technology, Galaxy has chosen to put an Arctic Cooling Accelero Twin Turbo cooler on their card. Even though it uses two fans, the card is extremely quiet making it an excellent choice for a media PC. The best is that it won't cost you anything extra. Galaxy is offering their cards at NVIDIA's reference design MSRP of $149."

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What Goes On Within AMD's Linux Beta Program?
"This year NVIDIA has been following the"

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Thermolab Baram CPU Cooler Review @ Legit Reviews
"Thermolab was established in 2005, and started by supplying companies with thermal solutions. While doing this they noticed there was a growing need for small PC systems. The server market has several coolers for small systems, but Thermolab noticed there was not much for the SFF PC market, so they developed the Silencer Series coolers. The Silencer Series coolers are low noise, low profile, heatpipe coolers. Now Thermolab has released their first tower cooler, the Baram. Thermolab says on their website, “Baram has a meaning of 'airflow' in Korean, and is the product for a cooling mania who is expecting to have a supreme cooling performance...” Article Title: Thermolab Baram CPU Cooler Review @ Legit Reviews Article URL: http://legitreviews.com/article/912/1/ -- You may automatically unsubscribe from this list at any time by visiting the following URL: "

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Samsung Memoir Review @ Digital Trends
"Camera phones have gotten a bad rap - and rightfully so. Traditionally still an afterthought, camera capabilities are subpar on even the most sophisticated smartphones. The Samsung Memoir SGH-t929 puts the visuals first, providing a robust 8 megapixel camera and video recorder with a wide detailed screen. The other aspects are about average, making the expensive Memoir best for camera consumers who need a phone on the side - and not the other way around."

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Sharp Aquos LC-46D65U Review @ Digital Trends
"First impressions are all about looks. Sharp obviously knows this, as it has redesigned its Aquos line starting with the handsome D65 series. The 46-inch Sharp LC-46D65U LCD, which retails for $1,500, doesn't disappoint. A reasonable price, energy-saving features, and superior picture quality all added up to a well-rounded entry-level TV."

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Gelid GC1 Thermal Paste @ Bjorn3D
"Since the dawn of computers the need for better T.I.M. (Thermal Interfacing Material) has become just as important as our individual computer components. Companies are constantly trying to find ways on making this T.I.M. perform better, last longer, require no time for curing."

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Monday, March 9, 2009
Modding Tutorial - How to design and build a high-end subwoofer @ Metku.net
"I have a pair of Genelec 8030 speakers. They are good but bass reaches only 55 hz. Music sounds great but movies lack a bit of depth. This subwoofer project is based on 10"

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TRENDnet TV-M7 Wireless IP Monitor Review @ Digital Trends
"Trendet's Internet Camera Monitor kit, which consists of a seven-inch LCD and a wireless IP (Internet Protocol) camera, is a versatile video-surveillance system that doubles as a networkable digital picture frame. In case you're wondering what differentiates an IP camera from a web camera, the key is that a web camera relies on a PC to make its video available to a network. A web camera typically connects to a PC's USB port, and it cannot operate properly without a host system. An IP camera is more or less a standalone device. It connects directly to your network and can be monitored directly-even over the Internet, if properly configured."

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Whole House Audio Buyer's Guide @ Digital Trends
"It used to be that the only way to get music to more than one room of your home was to hire a custom installer, punch holes in your drywall to run CAT5 cable from room to room, install in-wall or in-ceiling speakers, and purchase a complicated multi-zone receiver and a high-end remote control. While this is still a good way to go, however, and often offers the best quality possible for a whole-home solution, it can be costly and is unrealistic and intimidating for many a homeowner. If you fall into that group, take heart: There are many manufacturers that are now catering to folks like you who want a virtually plug-and-play whole-house audio solution. And at this year's Consumer Electronics Show, a few more manufacturers threw their hat into the ring."

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Thecus N4100 Pro @ techPowerUp
"The Thecus N4100 Pro is a relatively low cost four bay NAS. It features basically all features the other models do and promises high performance. Where is the catch? We tested the N4100 to find out."

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Gigabyte GA-MA790GP-DS4H AM2+ Motherboard Review @ Legit Reviews
"The GA-MA790GP-DS4H is an unusual board in that it works both as an enthusiast overclocking platform and a meek desktop platform. The board has extensive support for overclocking but includes features like an integrated HD3300 GPU and SidePort connected GPU memory to enable HD video playback. Today, we'll test the integrated GPU along with some beefier discrete GPUs and overclock Phenom II further than we have before...."

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System76 Serval Professional Notebook
"Finding a laptop that can run Linux is no longer much of a challenge. As we have shared in numerous netbook and notebook reviews, a majority off the shelf PCs shipping with Windows can easily be replaced with Linux and chances are most -- if not all -- of the components will"

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Rosewill Conqueror Case @ Bjorn3D
"A mid-tower chassis is a happy medium between a full tower and a mini ATX tower. These types of computer towers are easier to move around, generally lighter, and also can house large computer components without sacrificing airflow our computer components may need to help them stay cool."

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G.Skill Triple-Channel 1600MHz DDR3 Memory Kit @ BmR
"With 64-bit Operating Systems nearing popularity as Windows 7 approaches, the 4GB system memory barrier is going to be a relic of the past. Still, there are several enthusiasts using 32-bit systems with Windows XP or Vista, which makes the G.Skill Triple-Channel DDR3 1600MHz CL8-8-8-21 memory kit F3-12800CL8T-3GBHK a perfect fit for overclockers. Benchmark Reviews tests the performance against synthetic and gaming benchmarks, and reports the results."

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Sunday, March 8, 2009
OCZ 2GB Diesel USB 2.0 Flash Drive Review @ Legit Reviews
"The OCZ 2GB Diesel USB 2.0 Flash drive is a decent little device as long as you aren't looking for blistering fast transfer rates. The Diesel should be fast enough for mainstream use or for those that don't do a whole lot of file transfers. If you only use a USB 2.0 Flash drive to back data up or to move files around when needed the Diesel should be perfect. The OCZ Diesel also has a slick looking appearance and is certainly not bad looking by any means..."

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Noctua NH-U12P SE1366 @ Bjorn3D
"The NH-U12P has been considered one of the best, if not the best air CPU cooler. It is truly a master of engineering, with no detail overlooked in the design process. The cooler was built with, not only quality in mind, but price also. The price is easliy comparable to the Thermalright TRUE 120, but unlike the TRUE, it includes two fans. While you may be able to run the TRUE without a fan due to its great design, a fan lowers the temperatures by leaps and bounds."

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Saturday, March 7, 2009
HoneyWell Securadrive @ Bjorn3D
"With portable external HDD's becoming more and more popular they are also one of the easiest things to magically grow legs and wonder off. Or in plain terms, ripped off or stolen. With that in mind, whatever we have on that drive, the person who took it has complete access to it and the files or personal information that we may have stored on it. Securing an external HDD usually required a software program or a key to physically lock the drive in an attempt to keep our 'Private Lives' safe. Which are normally easy to break or crack to access the information on that drive."

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CeBIT 2009: Girls @ techPowerUp
"In times of economic crisis companies are saving where it hurts most: the amount of booth babes at this year's CeBIT has been at an all-time low. We looked extra hard to bring you proof that there are still companies out there who can afford to please your eyes."

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Friday, March 6, 2009
PNY & XFX GeForce GTX 285 Video Card Reviews @ Legit Reviews
"The NVIDIA GeForce GTX 285 video card proves to be a step in the right direction for NVIDIA in taming power consumption. The 55nm revision has enabled higher efficiency and increased overclocking overhead while still keeping thermals in check. I suspect in the near future we'll see a few GeForce GTX 285s with lighter coolers and 3rd party PCBs to cut costs. The two cards reviewed today, the PNY GeForce GTX 285 and the XFX GeForce GTX 285 Black Edition, both consistently beat the PNY GeForce GTX 280 used for testing..."

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PMA 2009 Round Up: Best of the Best @ Digital Trends
"Think of the annual Photo Marketing Association (PMA) convention as a chance to visit the biggest camera store you'll ever see in your life. Taking up two floors of the Las Vegas Convention Center, you'll find all the big boys from Canon to Sony there along with tiny mom-and-pop outfits selling photo charm bracelets. The yearly meeting was originally targeted to small camera store owners, but these days, independents are rarer than an up day on Wall Street. Right before this year's edition, in fact, the huge Ritz Camera chain went bust - no surprise as the vast majority of camera buyers in 2009 simply go to Best Buy, WalMart and the Internet to pick up their new toys. Given the recession and the huge snowstorm in the northeast, the crowds at this season's show were definitely down, but thankfully, the halls didn't look like a neutron bomb had detonated. DigitalTrends.com spent several days wandering the aisles looking at all the newest digital cameras. We also had the chance to go into the back rooms where manufacturers show their upcoming models under non-disclosure agreements. Since we don't want to do hard time in Attica, all we can say is that although no D-SLRs were announced here, you can expect some exciting new models in a month or so."

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Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX3 Review @ Digital Trends
"With the Photo Marketing Association (PMA) convention underway in Las Vegas, a tsunami of announcements of affordable point-and-shoots is underway. This huge wave of new models (well over 75) will overwhelm camera buyers this spring and summer, even with the recession underway. However, at the high-end of the compact category, things move at a much more leisurely pace, with select manufacturers introducing one or two killer models that usually hang around for awhile. Canon's 14.7MP PowerShot G10 is a fine example, as is the 10-megapixel LX3 we're reviewing now. These cameras are for shutterbugs looking for DSLR quality, but without the hassle of carrying a bag of lenses. They're also willing to spend close to 500 clams at a time when the prices of aim-and-forget are falling to the center of the Earth. Given all these trends, the Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX3 has risen to cult status with photo aesthetes due to its Leica vibe and reported picture quality. We couldn't resist the opportunity to add our two cents at a time when dozens of affordable point-and-shoots are being unveiled. Is the LX3 all it's cracked up to be? You'll know shortly."

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Power Management: ATI Catalyst vs. Open-Source ATI Driver
"Yesterday we broke the news that AMD will stop supporting the R300-500 GPUs in the Catalyst driver. There have been well over one hundred posts in the Phoronix Forums from ATI customers upset with this decision, but fortunately, there is first-rate open-source support available. AMD continues to release documentation and code while the X.Org development community has been hard at work on the xf86-video-ati and xf86-video-radeonhd drivers along with Mesa and Gallium3D components. The main problem though is the open-source stack -- at this time -- providing poor gaming performance, but power management can also be a problem. In yesterday's article we provided some R500 comparative 2D and OpenGL benchmarks, but in this article are some power management results comparing the Catalyst 9.2 driver to the xf86-video-ati driver."

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Eagle Tech ET-CSMDSU2-BK 3.5” Dual Enclosure @ Bjorn3D
"As I mentioned before with the ET-CSPESU2-BK 2.5, Eagle Tech strive to produce the most innovative and easy to use hardware for our demanding needs. Let's face it, an external enclosure is just that. An external enclosure. It's really hard to top the latest in designs but we still manage to find products that catch our spying eye. Today we have the Eagle Tech Consus ET-CSMDSU2-BK 3.5” dual bay external enclosure. Upon first inspection it looks to be quite the piece. Let's find out exactly how Eagle Tech decided to impress us today."

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Thursday, March 5, 2009
Dumbest Gadgets and Technologies Ever @ Digital Trends
"When it comes to so-called"

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Sparkle GeForce 9800 GTX+ Graphics Card Review @ Bigbruin.com
"The strongest selling point of the Sparkle GeForce 9800 GTX+ is that it stays cool and quiet at all times, which coupled with an integrated HDMI port makes it a good fit for an HTPC. It can handle games just fine when the settings aren't turned up too high, and the multimedia capabilities are more than adequate for any HD playback."

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Cooler Master Storm Sniper Black Mid-Tower Case Review @ Legit Reviews
"I have very little (if anything) bad to say about the Cooler Master Storm Sniper Black Mid-Tower Case. This is one very nice case! It has loads of room and is relatively light. It also 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."

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GigaTribe Private Peer-2-Peer Software review @ TechDomain
"The GigaTribe software is an interesting concept. At first glance it seems to be a mix of P2P software, together with a hint of IM, and a tiny dash of Facebook or any other social networking site thrown in on the side. Find out how GigaTribe Private Peer-2-Peer can work for you!"

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Coolink Chilla Ramic @ Bjorn3D
"These days, the need for a good T.I.M. (Thermal Interface Material) is just as important as the heatsink we use for the critical parts of our computer, such as our CPU's, GPU's, etc. Let's face it. If the heat is not getting transferred between the components we are trying to cool and the heat sink our, components overheat. T.I.M. should be easy to apply, non conductive, should not need an excessive time to cure, and it should provide a good medium to transfer heat from our components to the heatsink we use to cool these components."

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Thermaltake V14Pro (CL-P0472 ) CPU Cooler Review @ XtremeComputing
"Thermaltake have taken the design of the V1 and tweaked and enlarged it into a monster that is the V14Pro. The added bulk is not in vain though and it works well and temperatures are improved because of it. The fan on full speed is loud, and I wouldn’t want to run it like that all the time, but the manual fan speed controller allows you to dial in your own compromise between noise and performance."

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AMD Dropping R300-R500 Support In Catalyst Driver
"Beginning next month with the Catalyst 9.4 release, support for the R300/400/500 generations of graphics processors will be dropped from AMD's mainline ATI driver. In a move they hope will allow them to focus their efforts on newer and upcoming graphics processors, the mainline Catalyst driver on both Linux and Windows will stop supporting cards older than the Radeon HD 2000 series. Linux customers affected will be encouraged to use their open-source driver stack (xf86-video-ati or xf86-video-radeonhd and Mesa) or stay with the Catalyst 9.3 driver."

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Wednesday, March 4, 2009
Medis 24/7 PowerPack Fuel Cell Review
"Today we are going to look at the Medis fuel cell for recharging all sorts of devices that use USB or other adapters. The fuel cell is a promising bit of technology that can allow users to shed the wires from their mobile devices and charge wherever they day or several days may take them. The promise of fuel cells sound good, but does the fuel cell reality live up to the promise. Read on to find out."

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ECS A780GM-A Ultra Black Series Motherboard Review @ Legit Reviews
"The ECS A780GM-A Ultra motherboard that we are looking at today is a full-size ATX mainboard that is part of the"

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ASRock N7AD-SLI
"Years ago when we started reviewing ASRock motherboards, most of them were fairly basic with very few features compared to what could be found on the ASUS or Gigabyte motherboards. With time though ASRock has begun ramping up their motherboards with more features, new innovative designs, and other improvements that cater towards the desires of enthusiasts and gamers. These days there are ASRock motherboards that can compete with those from major OEMs both in terms of features and in terms of performance, while delivering a better price. One example of a modern, feature-rich ASRock motherboard is the N7AD-SLI. The ASRock N7AD-SLI has NVIDIA SLI support, Gigabit LAN, IEEE-1394 Firewire, S/PDIF output, OC Tuner, solid capacitors, and an instant boot technology. This motherboard is centered around NVIDIA's nForce 740i SLI Chipset."

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Synology DS209+ @ Bjorn3D
"Organizing and sharing digital contents have become a big headache for many people because of ever expanding digital contents. Ten years ago, only in a business environment would you find a dedicated data storage setup to share files among different users. For many home users, a simple router or switch seems to do the job just fine to network all the computers in a household to allow direct file transfer between desktop systems."

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Pioneer Elite SC-07 Receiver Review @ Digital Trends
"With that new Blu-ray player and library of accompanying discs, you might find that you also need a new receiver to reap all the benefits that the high-definition format has to offer. After all, without HDMI connections and the ability to decode the latest high-resolution surround sound formats, what's the point of getting a new Blu-ray player in the first place? For this reason, receivers are making a comeback in what has been, as of late, a video-centric world. Pioneer, calls it the"

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Icy Dock MB561US-4S Quad Bay External Hard Drive Enclosure @ Tweaknews
"Icy Dock has done a fine job with this enclosure. With four bays, a removable 80mm cooling fan, and USB and eSATA interfaces, it will meet the needs of just about anyone looking for a high capacity external storage solution. On top of all that it has a modern, stylish design that looks great sitting on a desk."

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Tuesday, March 3, 2009
BFG Tech GeForce GTS 250 Graphics Card Review @ Legit Reviews
"The BFG Tech GeForce GTS 250 1GB performed roughly the same as the original GeForce 9800 GTX+ 512MB, which makes sense since both cards have the same 'engine' under the hood. The BFG Tech GeForce GTS 250 1GB's larger 1GB frame buffer came into play when the image quality was cranked up or when running at resolutions above 1920x1200. In games like Call of Duty: World at War and FarCry 2 we were able to see a 10-13% performance improvement from the extra frame buffer. The GeForce GTS 250 didn't put a world of hurt on the GeForce GTX 9800+, as many of you would have guessed without reading any of this..."

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Cooler Master Black Label Limited Edition Bundle Review
"Today we are going to look at the Cooler Master Black Label limited edition chassis, cooling and PSU bundle. This very limited edition kit only has 500 units available worldwide. If you want a case bundle for your next gaming rig that not many people will be able to get the CM Black Label bundle is for you."

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EVGA GTS-250 1 GB Superclocked Edition @ Bjorn3D
"To that end we have an EVGA GTS-250 1 GB Superclocked edition to take a look at today. The GTS-250 1 GB edition is a G92 core with a twist, it's a 55nm shrink of the G92 core and has been rechristened the G92b. There are currently two models of the GTS-250 available, the GTS-250 512 MB which is nothing more than a 9800GTX+ rebranded and the GTS-250 1 GB which has a faster memory speed and a total of 1 GB of memory."

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Palit GeForce GTS 250 2048 MB @ techPowerUp
"Today NVIDIA released their GeForce GTS 250 Series which is based on the G92 graphics processor that has already been used on a number of GeForce 8 and GeForce 9 designs. While NVIDIA's reference design comes with 1 GB of memory, Palit has chosen to create a card that comes with 2 GB of VRAM."

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Top 10 Green Gadgets @ Digital Trends
"You take five minute showers, compost your kitchen waste, and ride the bus to work, but have you considered the environmental impact of the iPod in your backpack, the LCD screen you stare at for hours a day on the job, or the cell phone you'll probably throw away in two years? Tech products may not be the worst offenders when it comes to tapping out Mother Earth, but manufacturers and critics alike have taken a good hard look at the way they're produced lately. Here a few of our favorites from the new breed of so-called"

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Cirgon Encore Digital Media Server @ Digital Trends
"Personal computers are complex, beastly machines compared to plug-and-play devices like a DVD player or a TiVo. Cirgon's Encore Digital Media Server is the latest attempt to tame the animal and reduce it to an acquiescent consumer electronics product. The Encore has more than a few whiz-bang features, but power users will be disappointed by several design compromises. Unlike most PCs that would like to take up residence in your living room-Dell's XPS One or HP's TouchSmart, for instance-this one doesn't rely on any form of Microsoft's Windows operating system. Cirgon instead designed an entirely custom graphical user interface and laid it on top of the Linux operating system. And by avoiding the excess baggage that comes with Windows, Cirgon was able to build a PC using simpler components that consume considerably less power. Lower power consumption means less heat production, which in turn reduces the need for noisy fans. HP's TouchSmart IQ506 PC is a fairly quiet, low-power computer, yet when we plugged it into a Kill-a-Watt power meter the TouchSmart registered electrical consumption of 85 watts when idle and 95 watts while ripping a CD (a task that taps the CPU, the hard drive, and the optical drive). Compare that to the Encore, which consumed just 30 watts while idle and about 48 watts while ripping a CD."

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HIS Multi-View DVI @ Bjorn3D
"Many people, myself included, have often wished for an easier way to connect multiple displays. Perhaps you don't have the money for multiple video cards. Or maybe your laptop doesn't have a video-out. Or maybe you just want to connect six monitors. That's a lot of maybe's, I know, but Hightech Information Systems (HIS for short) has developed a solution to solve all of those problems."

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Sandberg 2.5 Fingerprint HDD enclosure Review @ XtremeComputing
"For this review I will be looking at a laptop hard drive caddy. However this is a caddy that comes with a bit of extra security in the form of a fingerprint scanner. The caddy in question is from Sandberg, who I must confess I have heard very little about before this review, and the caddy is from their AluGear range."

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Monday, March 2, 2009
Corsair Memory Designs Enthusiast ATX Case @ Legit Reviews
"If you take a look at this picture you can see spots for three 120mm fans located at the top of the Corsair case. These will be spaced for a triple 120mm radiator and will even come pre-drilled for the radiator! Corsair has also included water cooling cutouts in the back, so water coolers should be highly interested in this case as you should be able to mod it very easily. Something else that is very interesting is that the Corsair case comes with four hot swappable hard drive caddies that slip into a standard SATA backplane. The corsair case can hold six 3.5"

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OCZ ModXStream Pro 600W
"Last month we looked at the OCZ Fatal1ty 700W which performed very well and was another nice power supply from OCZ Technology, the company that also owns PC Power & Cooling. Another one of their power supplies to have been introduced in the past few months is the ModXStream-Pro 600W. Unlike the Fatal1ty series, the ModXStream Pro series has modular cables and a few other differences, while still being 80+ Certified, NVIDIA SLI Certified, and is backed by OCZ's excellent PowerSwap warranty. In this review we are testing out the OCZ ModXStream Pro 600W for ourselves."

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How to Install Vista on the ASUS P6T Deluxe with SAS RAID @ Legit Reviews
"In our review of the ASUS P6T Deluxe we noted that the motherboard was one of very few desktop boards to feature an on-board SAS controller. With this controller from Marvell, the board can just as easily function as an incredibly powerful and reliable workstation, or a monster gaming rig with ultra fast hard drives. Since there are a few different speed grades when it comes to SAS hard drives we aren't going to focus much on the speed of the drives, but simply how to get Windows Vista installed on a pair of drives in RAID 0 (stripe set)..."

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Top 10 Connected Devices @ Digital Trends
"The race is on. Every device from the digital camera to the DVR to the HDTV is vying for the position of becoming a digital hub for all your home multimedia. And it's not just about photos and music anymore: The push for true video-on-demand (VOD)-and high-def video at that-even has home theater manufacturers including Internet connections on their wares out of the box. (See: Countless custom networked Blu-ray players and television sets.) Here's the scoop on ten of the most promising connected devices tantalizingly beckoning to the broadband-ready household."

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Denon DHT-FS5 @ Digital Trends
"LCD and plasma technology have enabled TVs to get wider in inverse proportion to their thickness, which can make the audio side of the home-theater equation stick out like a sore thumb. Denon's $500 DHT-FS5 promises to deliver an authentic surround-sound experience from a single, low-profile box. And while it doesn't completely replicate what a true surround system is capable of, it comes pretty close."

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Patriot Viper DDR3 1600 Tri Channel 6 GB Kit @ Bjorn3D
"One of the most amazing things about the Core i7 platform is that it took DDR3 and brought it to maturity. On previous platforms the gain from moving to DDR3 from DDR2 brought negligible results. When Core i7 and Triple Channel memory hit the market and memory bandwidth jumped from 8-10 GB/s to above 30 GB/s, in some cases, DDR3 made people stand up and take notice. While Core i7 is the most powerful platform we've ever seen, the processor didn't triple its performance, but it did triple RAM performance. RAM performance is the single largest gain on the Core i7 platform, so we've been paying a lot of attention to RAM kits."

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World-Exclusive: Inno3D iChill GTX 260 896 MB (216 SP) @ techPowerUp
"If you are looking for a quiet high performance card, then the factory-overclocked iChill GTX 260 is certainly a great choice for you. Using Arctic Cooling's Accelero XXX cooler it emits less fan noise than most low-end cards, yet offers performance close to the GeForce GTX 280."

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Hiper Type R MKII 680 Watt ATX Power Supply Review @ Tweaknews
"Hiper's new TYPE R MKII 680W ATX power supply brings a lot to the table, and it's all good. With excellent performance, quiet operation, and a very innovative feature set, this PSU could easily find a home in all but the most demanding systems."

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Sunday, March 1, 2009
ASUS BC-06B1ST Blu-Ray Disc Optical Combo Drive @ BmR
"It wasn't more than a few months ago that Benchmark Reviews tested the ASUS BC-1205PT Blu-ray Drive, which was proven to be a future-proof asset with the format war recently ended in favor of BD media. But sometimes technology isn't adopted quite as fast as we might think, because in the age of Blu-ray there are people out there who still haven't made the transition into a DVD-burner. Unlike CDs and DVDs, Blu-ray Disc isn't in every household, and since music and movies seem to work perfectly well on the older platforms there might not be any real need for such a premium storage device. In this article, we do away with the benchmark tests and take a subjective look at the ASUS BC-06B1ST Blu-ray disc optical combo drive. After all, there aren't really very many BD-burners on the market to begin with for there to be a worth-while comparison. Sure, we could create a few dual-layer DVD coasters to see how fast that happens, but in the end it doesn't concentrate on the primary features a SATA Blu-ray burner can offer. Benchmark Reviews tests the functionality and explores the feature set offered by the ASUS BC-06B1ST Blu-ray combo drive."

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Crucial Ballistix Tracers 6GB Kit (BL3KIT25664TB1608) @ Bjorn3D
"We've been eagerly awaiting the release of Crucial Ballistix Tracers for the Core i7 platform. While there are lots of kits out there there's only one kit that takes the bling factor beyond the normal high tech heat spreader. That's right if you want the ultimate in bling clipped into your ram slots there's only one vendor that can bring you Tri Channel DDR3 for the Core i7 platform that feature color keyed LED's in Blue, Red and Green."

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