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Sunday, May 31, 2009
AMD Phenom II X4 955 Black Edition Processor Review @ Legit Reviews
"The AMD Phenom II X5 955 Black Edition processor is more than a speed bump as it brings Socket AM3 support to the flagship AMD desktop processor. The extra 200MHz is a nice touch though, as at 3.2GHz the Phenom II is more competitive with the Intel Core 2 quad-core processors. The Intel Core i7 series of processors still leads over the Phenom II X4 955 in all the benchmarks, but it costs hundreds more to build a platform using a Core i7 versus a Phenom II..."

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World-Exclusive: Thermaltake Luxa² LM300 Touch Pro @ techPowerUp
"The Luxa? LM300 Touch Pro is a new HTPC enclosure for the discriminating home entertainment enthusiast. While Luxa? is a relatively new brand, they are a division of Thermaltake who are no strangers to HTPC cases and accessories. With features such as all aluminum construction, a touchscreen LCD and fully integrated media software, the LM300 Touch Pro seems to be the total package in terms of a complete multimedia enclosure."

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Gigabyte GTS 250 @ Bjorn3D
"With all the video cards on the market today, which is the right one for you? Even on cards with the same GPU, you have lots of different choices. Clock speeds, outputs, fan noise, cooling efficiency, even PCB color! Gigabyte has long been famous for their non-reference design cards. They take a video card and make it their own."

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Friday, May 29, 2009
Sapphire Radeon HD4770 512MB Graphics Card Review @ Bigbruin.com
"In use the Sapphire Radeon HD4770 512MB graphics card performed admirably. It is not the ultimate gaming solution (and doesn't claim to be), but for about $100 it is definitely impressive. It can put up solid numbers in games with the settings turned up and it won't make your electric meter spin out of control in the process."

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13 Intel Core i7 LGA 1366 CPU Coolers Compared @ Legit Reviews
"At first I had mixed feelings the new top air cooler, the Titan Fenrir TTC-NK85TZ. With never having used or seen a review for a Titan cooler before I didn’t know what to expect. When I picked up the Fenrir it didn’t have the “feel” of a solid cooler like the NH-U12P or the Ultra 120. I was pleasantly surprised when I watched the numbers come up, and I’m looking forward to see more offerings from Titan..."

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Samsung Impression Review @ Digital Trends
"While home theater buffs still wring their hands and stock their bank accounts in anticipation of OLED technology big enough to hang in the living room, the age of OLED is already upon the mobile world. Samsung isn't the first manufacturer to drop a full-color OLED panel into a cell phone, but given the widespread availability and price ($199 on AT&T with contract) of the Impression, it's the first one you might actually have a shot to own here in the U.S. But do organic light emitting diodes dazzle on phones the same way they do in TVs?"

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Samsung Instinct S30 Review @ Digital Trends
"In a couple of months, amid the usual hoopla, Apple is expected to unveil its next-gen iPhone, rumored to include such improvements as a 3.2MP camera plus video recording, stereo Bluetooth and 32 GB memory, as well as a totally updated OS - all major improvements. For once though, Samsung has beaten (if quietly) Steve Jobs and co. to the punch with an update of its"

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GIGABYTE GP-MP8000 Mouse Pad @ Bjorn3D
"For us gamers types of people, we need a mouse pad that has a large surface, can provide us with smooth movements, while at the same time give us precise control while using our high DPI mice. Even I found out, the hard way, that those small Wal-Mart special 3 dollar mouse pads just can't cut it with today's multi-function fully adjustable gaming mice of today. Coming from a very low DPI setting where we need a very large surface to make our shot to take out the bad guy, the last thing we need to be doing is having to lift the mouse up and move it to the other side to continue that movement, and losing our chance at a perfect shot."

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Sapphire ATI Radeon HD 4770 Videocard Review @ Tweaknews
"The HD4770 at this time is the bargain of the lot and at an introductory US$99 price, two of these cards in a Crossfire setup would be a fast US$200 combo that would handle most games reasonably well even at higher resolutions."

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Patriot Torqx MLC SSD PFZ128GS25SSDR @ Benchmark Reviews
"Indilinx has been tapped to add their 'Barefoot' controller into the design, and a new generation of Solid State Drives has delivered top-level speed and performance. The Patriot (Fusion) Torqx 128GB MLC SSD is one such product, built from a proven architecture that has done well for others of the same controller family. The Patriot Torqx Solid State Drive adds 64MB of Elpida DRAM to the buffer has permanently solved stuttering problems, making raw performance the last bottleneck. An Indilinx 'Barefoot' internal controller commands the bank of Samsung K9HCG08U1M DRAM modules, allowing the Torqx SSD to offer an impressive capacity with top-speed performance. Benchmark Reviews tests the reaction time and bandwidth performance for the PE000143-PFZ128GS25SSDR 128GB model against over two dozen other products in this article."

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Thursday, May 28, 2009
Cyberlink MediaShow Espresso GPGPU Performance @ Legit Reviews
"CyberLink MediaShow Espresso software has been designed to work with both AMD’s Unified Video Decoder (UVD) through its ATI Stream technology and NVIDIA's general purpose parallel computing architecture known as CUDA. By using AMD Stream and NVIDIA CUDA technology consumers can quickly convert digital video files for use on portable devices like the Apple iPhone, Sony PS3, and YouTube. Since CyberLink MediaShow Espresso works on both NVIDIA and AMD graphics cards it gives us a rare chance to benchmark both technologies to see which is better..."

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10 Best Online Blu-ray Players @ Digital Trends
"What you see is no longer what you get. With the advent of Blu-ray Profile 2.0, also known as BD-Live, the content pressed onto a disc when it leaves the factory no longer represents the limit of the experience. A live Internet connection allows Profile 2.0 players to deliver extra content through the Web: everything from trivia games and extra clips to mini games. And to really take advantage of the Internet connectivity that these players carry, many manufacturers have pushed the limits even further, packing compatibility with Netflix streaming, YouTube, Pandora and other online content into the same boxes."

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Kingston HyperX DC 1600 4 GB kit (KHX12800D3K2_4G) @ Bjorn3D
"When AMD brought the Phenom 2 X4 lineup off the drawing board to E-Tailers, it brought with it DDR3 Dual Chanel memory. Of late, the focus has been on Triple channel memory but with Phenom 2 and Core i5 making its debut soon, DDR3 Dual channel is going to be back in the news quickly. To that end we obtained a Kingston HyperX DDR3 1600 4GB Dual Channel Kit to take a look at on the Phenom 2 Platform"

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Olevia 227-S11 27-Inch LCD HDTV @ Benchmark Reviews
"HDTVs are rapidly becoming the norm rather than the exception. With such new-found popularity, there are more TVs than ever to choose from. The wise consumer contemplates overall value rather than just size and brand name. Benchmark Reviews seeks out the value in HDTVs with this review of the 27-Inch 1080i Widescreen Olevia 227V-S11 LCD HDTV; a steal at just over $400. Olevia is quickly making High Definition the standard with their affordable line of HDTVs, and they aren't skimping on quality in the process."

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Wednesday, May 27, 2009
Albatron HD 4830 Green 512 MB @ techPowerUp
"Albatron is one of the first companies to come out with a HD 4830 design that does not require an external power connector. Another difference to the HD 4830 is the number of shaders. Instead of 640 like on the reference, Albatron has packed 800 shaders on their card for some extra performance."

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Axentra HipServ 2.0/Marvell Sheeva Plug - Plug Computing @ Legit Reviews
"Besides being a web server and UPnP media server, the HipServ Plug also sports a slick backup software suite. For this you must install the appropriately named HipServDesktopApplication. Once the application is installed, fire it up, and it'll search the network for a HipServ. Upon finding one it'll ask you for login credentials and then let you setup a backup sequence. I've been doing daily backups of my review photo archive and it has been working like a charm..."

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hermaltake ISG 400 (CLP0540) CPU Cooler Review @ XtremeComputing
"Today we are looking at another CPU cooler from Thermaltake, the ISGC-400. ISGC stands for Inspiration of Silent Gaming Cooling, and is Thermaltake's entry into the silent enthusiasts computing market. I happen to love quiet computing (and can't stand the noise of loud fans) so this should be quite a treat to review."

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Spire CombiPod card reader @ Bjorn3D
"With all of the card readers out there on the market now, makes choosing one a difficult one. Not to mention when you need a card reader you never seem to have one on hand, lol. Next question we need to ask our selves when it comes time to purchase a card reader, do we get one that fits in a 3.5'/5.25' bays? Or do we get one that sits out side of the chassis? I am going to show you a card reader that sits out side of your chassis, and is somewhat stylish to boot."

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Top Cell Phone Bargains @ Digital Trends
"If you've flipped open a technology magazine lately, watched many TV commercials, or even scoped out the cell phones your friends are using, you'd be excused for thinking there weren't any models out there for under $150. Audiences in general can't help but fixate on the high-profile, high-dollar devices - naturally, they're the ones we all fantasize about owning. But unless you need to check your e-mail every 23 seconds, fact-check your friends on Wikipedia on the spot, and entertain yourself at all hours of the day with an endless collection of games or downloadable TV shows, the truth is that most people don't really need these devices. With that in mind, we've highlighted 10 of the most practical and affordable cell phones out there, designed to help you get maximum bang for the buck in everyday use."

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Best Budget Digital Cameras@ Digital Trends
"Shutterbugs, rejoice. Thanks to today's bevy of inexpensive point-and-shoot digital cameras, many ideal for everyday use, amateur paparazzi will find that this summer, there's no need to spring for a luxury DSLR capable of snapping magazine-quality shots. That said, we've rounded up some of the best options vacationers and thrill seekers alike can buy on a budget."

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Thermaltake Toughpower XT W0229RU 750W Modular Power Supply Review @ Tweaknews
"At around $200, the XT is at the very top of its class, both in features and cost. While the XT has great specs, a generous and innovative feature set and outstanding components and efficiency, 200 bones still seems a bit excessive for a 750W PSU these days. Don't get me wrong, this is an excellent power supply and the five-tear warranty sweetens the deal a bit, but the high cost almost kept it off the Top Rank list."

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Thermaltake ISG 400 (CLP0540) CPU Cooler Review @ XtremeComputing
"Today we are looking at another CPU cooler from Thermaltake, the ISGC-400. ISGC stands for Inspiration of Silent Gaming Cooling, and is Thermaltake's entry into the silent enthusiasts computing market. I happen to love quiet computing (and can't stand the noise of loud fans) so this should be quite a treat to review."

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Tuesday, May 26, 2009
OCZ Neutrino 10" DIY Netbook Review @ Legit Reviews
"On March 30, 2009, OCZ Technology unveiled the Neutrino netbook, their latest Do-It-Yourself (DIY) solution for consumers looking to save a buck and do some sweat equity themselves. This netbook got the attention of many when it first was announced because it was the very first DIY netbook to be available to consumers. The OCZ Neutrino DIY netbook not only cuts costs it also lets consumers fine tune this netbook by being able to choose and install their own memory module, storage drive, and preferred Operating System (OS) into this Intel Atom processor powered 10.1” netbook. Not too shabby considering one of these chassis can be picked up for around $236.01 shipped. This a fair price for a 10.1"

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AMD Phenom II X3 On Linux
"Earlier this year AMD launched the Phenom II series to succeed the original quad-core Phenom processors, with these newer desktop CPUs being built upon a 45nm process, tripling the amount of Level 3 cache to 6MB, and offering support for both DDR2 and DDR3 system memory. Prior to the launch of the Phenom II we had tested the AMD Shanghai Opterons on Linux and benchmarked these CPUs on OpenSolaris too, which were the server/workstation version of this new AMD 45nm core. With the Phenom II series there is the X3 and X4 line-up for triple-core and quad-core processors, respectively. In this article we are looking at how well the AMD Phenom II X3 710 performs under Ubuntu Linux."

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Eagle Tech ET-CS2XMESU2-BK 2.5 SATA to eSATA/USB Enclosure @ Bjorn3D
"If you are a regular reader of Bjorn3D.com, you will know that we have reviewed many external enclosures for both 2.5'' and 3.5'' hard drives. We have been a big fan of the enclosures that not only comes with USB ports but also eSATA ports simply because of the share better transfer rate from the eSATA ports. Many 3.5'' hard drive enclosures we have reviewed in fact have already come with eSATA port but so far we have not seen many 2.5'' enclosure that comes with eSATA port. They are slowly appearing to the market as more and more motherboard manufacutrers are incorporate such connector on the back I/O. If you have a motherboard with such port, it would be a good idea to have an enclosure with eSATA port built-in so you can fully take its transfering performance advantage."

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Cresyn C750E Earphones @ techPowerUp
"Cresyn C750E is the name of an interesting set of in-ears, from a relatively unknown manufacturer. The C750Es feature a sweet bundle and a well thought out design. With a price point of $100 they are positioned nicely for the average user who wants to get decent sound quality on the move without breaking the bank."

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SilenX Ixtrema IXC-120HA2 Pro Series Heatpipe CPU Cooler Review @ Tweaknews
"As you can guess from their name, Silenx has built their reputation around quiet PC accessories. Their IXC-120HA2 CPU cooler easily lives up to this reputation by being, well, very quiet. Even with its modest fan speeds, this cooler did an excellent job of cooling the Q6600 during testing. That is, until I added some voltage and clock cycles. When your packaging boldly states, “designed for gamers and overclockers,” you'd better bring more performance to the table that the IXC-120HA2 does.."

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Monday, May 25, 2009
AMD Phenom II X4 955 LHe Overclocking Event @ Legit Reviews
"Last week AMD organized a small overclocking event for a group of overclockers from North America. Hosted at AMD's facility in Austin, Texas, the event was arranged to match competitive overclockers with the best silicon coming out of AMD's fabs in hopes of breaking some records and possibly hitting 7GHz. AMD invited three overclockers, Vince Lucido aka K|ngp|n, Brian McLachlan aka chew*, and Chris Morrell, aka Gomeler. On hand to answer questions and make sure things went smoothly were Peter Hardman and Simon Solotko of AMD. The overclocking went from Wednesday through Friday night with necessary breaks taken to keep the benchers for passing out on their feet."

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SilverStone Precision PS02
"While at Phoronix we mostly focus on Linux hardware compatibility and hardware that can be stressed using our flagship testing software, we always enjoy taking a break from our usual Linux benchmarking routine to look at SilverStone cases. SilverStone has been around for just six years but they constantly drive innovation into their wide assortment of computer enclosures with many different series for fitting the needs of HTPC, desktop, small form factor, and traditional tower customers. One of the newest lineups for SilverStone is the Precision series, which strives to be a precision crafted enclosure with classic styling. In this review we are looking at the SilverStone Precision PS02 to see how it compares to the Temjin TJ10, Kublai KL03, Fortress FT01, Raven RV01, and other SilverStone products that have met our praise."

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HP Mini 1151NR Review @ Digital Trends
"Mobile computing is tough for international travelers. You may have a mobile wireless card from a U.S. phone carrier, but if it's a CDMA card you won't be able to use it in Europe, and if it's a GSM card, you won't be able to use it in much of Asia. The HP 1151NR netbook, the first of its breed to be offered at a subsidized price from a cell phone carrier, solves this global Internet access problem thanks to its built-in dual EV-DO Rev. A and HSPA radios for truly worldwide Web access. And the 1151NR is just $199.99 after rebate and two-year mobile data subscription. But the news isn't all good. That monthly subscription drives the actual cost of 1151NR way up, plus you'll be stuck with an otherwise sub-par netbook for 24 months minimum."

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Seagate FreeAgent Theater Review @ Digital Trends
"When Western Digital introduced its smart WD TV HD Media Player earlier this year, which is designed to mate portable hard drives with big-screen TVs, we knew it was only a matter of time before rival disk manufacturer Seagate would come up with something similar. Second-to-market products are often better than the ones that create a new niche, so expectations were suitably high around the office. In a strange twist though, Seagate's FreeAgent Theater unexpectedly takes several steps in the wrong direction, much to our dismay and disappointment."

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Asus ATI EAH4770 Video Card @ Bjorn3D
"A GPU in the $100 price range isn't expected to pack high dollar punch, but it is nice to find one that packs a good price performance ratio. Your probably not going to run high end games at maximum settings, but you will be able to run most games at an acceptable level with a few compromises in game settings. Cards like the Asus EAH4770 are mainstream GPU's that give you the basic performance you need for productivity, and pack enough punch to let you game in the price range that won't break the bank."

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Thermaltake V9 Black Edition VJ400G1N2Z Computer Case Review @ Tweaknews
"For some enthusiasts, great cooling can make up for some shortcomings elsewhere, provided those shortcomings can be dealt with. What I said in my earlier review can still be said about the V9 Black Edition, “The V9 along with the newer V9 Black Edition is fundamentally a cheap, flimsy case with cheesy, stamped features and an interior that doesn't work all that well"

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Sunday, May 24, 2009
Danger Den 295 GTX Water Block @ Bjorn3D
"It is only natural for some of us to venture into alternative coolers like water blocks. Danger Den has been delivering water cooling products for as long as I can remember, as they make water blocks for all kinds of different video cards CPU's and motherboards. I am going to show you this new water block that Danger Den brought to us. This water block fits the Nvidia 295GTX video card."

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Cooler Master HAF 922 @ techPowerUp
"The Cooler Master HAF 922 is not just a smaller version of the very cool looking 932. It manages to improve things in many areas, to look even cooler, be even more affordable and possibly strike more fear and awe into your opponent at that next LAN party."

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Friday, May 22, 2009
Vantec Nexstar Hard Drive Dock @ techPowerUp
"There is no question that harddrive docks are becoming increasingly more popular in the digital age. They offer faster installation time as well as competitive performance to the more common standard enclosure. Today will we see just how well Vantec's offering stacks up to the competition with a simple style, reliable performance, and ease of use."

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Super Talent UltraDrive ME 64GB MLC SSD Benchmarks @ Legit Reviews
"The UltraDrive ME series of Solid State Drives are the fifth-generation of SSDs to be released by Super Talent. These drives are said to offer leading-edge performance for high-end notebook computers and desktops with read speeds up to 260MB/Sec and write speeds up to 200MB/Sec. With drive speeds like that you know the UltraDrive ME series has a great controller and indeed it does as the UltraDrive ME series uses the Indilinx 'Barefoot' internal controller that has been paired with an 64MB Elpida IC for internal cache. This setup is identical to the OCZ Vertex SSD Series..."

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How to Upgrade Your PC @ Digital Trends
"After three years together, things just aren't the same between you and your PC. While friends play new games on their shiny new all-in-one machines, videoconference on Skype with their built-in webcams, and run the swank Aero edition of Windows Vista, your clunky old machine won't handle any of it. We've already addressed some simple software tricks for speeding up your computer before you go and start buying new parts, but the last resort - upgrading - deserves a guide in its own right. So here it is: a beginner's guide to upgrading your PC that explains what's out there, what it will do for you, and what to expect when you install it yourself. You'll want to further investigate some of the more complex upgrades before undertaking them, but if you're just looking to get an overview of the possibilities, you've come to the right place."

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OCZ Vertex SATA 2.0 60GB SSD
"Besides offering an impressive selection of USB flash drives and DDR2/DDR3 memory products, OCZ Technology has been quick to expand their selection of solid state drives. OCZ manufacturers SSD products in their value, mainstream, performance, and enterprise series with some of these series containing multiple product families. Earlier this year we provided Linux SSD benchmarks using an OCZ Core Series V2 SSD, but introduced just recently has been the OCZ Vertex SSD series, which we happen to be reviewing today. The OCZ Vertex SSDs go up to 256GB in size and offers 64MB of onboard cache, RAID support, and is rated for 1.5 million hours MTBF."

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Asus ENGTX260 Matrix @ Bjorn3D
"Luckily, we can still find a few companies willing to take time and invest some resources into designing slightly different graphic cards. Asus is just one of those companies. Asus, being the leading manufacturer in the computer industry, has products ranging from full systems such as laptops and desktops, to every single components imaginable inside and outside of your computer"

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Hiyatek HY-CF-6288-1 Laptop Cooler Review @ Bigbruin.com
"We have seen many laptop coolers here at Bigbruin.com, and this would be the fourth from Hiyatek. Most of them operate in near silence, which is a bonus. That being said, the fan on this one doesn't seem to be doing anything useful as the drop in temperatures experienced with the HY-CF-6288-1 could be recreated just by using a wire rack we had lying around."

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OCZ Behemoth (OCZMSBMD) dual laser mouse Review @ XtremeComputing
"If you'd have asked me what OCZ made, up until a couple of years ago I would have said memory, but they seem to make all sorts of interesting things and fortunately I've been made aware of this (and even have the privilege of testing some of their stuff!). Today We are looking at their Behemoth dual laser gaming mouse"

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Thursday, May 21, 2009
Lubix NC1 Bluetooth Stereo Headset Review @ Legit Reviews
"Lubix may be new to you, but they make an incredible product with the $50 NC1 Bluetooth Stereo Headset. It may not have the best microphone to pick up your voice, but if you are into music, there is no better stereo Bluetooth headset available."

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Sanyo SCP-2700 Review @ Digital Trends
"If Sony hadn't already used the appellation, the Sanyo SCP-2700 could easily be called"

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OCZ Technology Behemoth Gaming Mouse Review @ Bigbruin.com
"I found the OCZ Technology Behemoth laser gaming mouse to not only respond well, but it also performed great on many different surface types thanks to its double laser engine. Most importantly, while conducting the testing my hand was very comfortable and relaxed. Toss in the facts that the Behemoth looks great, is sturdy and well constructed, and you have a winning combination."

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SuperTalent 128 GB UltraDrive ME (FTM28GX25H) @ Bjorn3D
"SuperTalent has successfully fielded it's new UltraDrive ME and LE series SSD's with their new Indilinx Barefoot controller. Some previous generations of SSD's used a mostly functional J.Micron controller that caused the drives to stutter during smaller 4k and 6k reads and writes. The new Indilinx Barefoot controller seems to have fixed a lot of those problems and all that's left is blazing speed. We've known of a few new controllers coming down the pre-production pipes for a while and have been hoping for a new controller that takes advantage of the raw speed of the SSD's without some of the inherent problems we've seen in past drives. The Indilinx Barefoot controller is a step in the right direction for SSD's, Indilinx releases regular firmware updates for their controllers and the updates for the Supertalent drives containing those controllers can be found on the SuperTalent webby listed with the UltraDrive series drives. Upgradable firmware on the UltraDrive series means!"

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Budget Travel Gadgets @ Digital Trends
"Like many other things these days, travel can be expensive. And after dropping hundreds of dollars on plane tickets and hotel rooms to visit with friends and family this season, let's face it chances are you won't have a lot of money left floating around to spend on SkyMall fare like portable foot massagers and universal talking translators that will be met with confused glares from locals. (Who knew the difference between saying"

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Vizo Milano 3.5 HDD Enclosure w/ Integrated Media Player Review @ Tweaknews
"Overall, Vizo has an exciting product here with the Milano. It combines two useful products into one – an external USB hard drive enclosure plus a standalone multimedia player. This makes it possible to not only back up your favorite media files, but also enjoy them independently of a computer."

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Wednesday, May 20, 2009
HornetTek X2-JBOD Dual 3.5\'\' External Enclosure @ Bjorn3D
"Bjorn3D has reviewed many external enclosures over the years. I, personally, have looked many of them. In my opinion, most of the external enclosures are designed more or less the same. They are all made with some sort of metal and/or plastic parts and often come with a fan. However, picking up the right enclosure often is not the easiest task because it would have to be sturdy yet not too heavy if you plan to carry it around. Also, it should have enough ventilation or cooling design to help keeping the hard drives with precious personal data secure."

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Canon EOS Rebel T1i Review @ Digital Trends
"Time for your head to start spinning: In September 2008, Nikon introduced the $999 12.3MP D90, the first DSLR with HD video recording. Canon quickly followed with the $2,699 21.1MP EOS 5D Mark II, which captured 1080p video instead of the 720p of arch rival Nikon. But close to $3,000 is pretty steep for a camera in the midst of a recession, so the 5D didn't dampen the appeal of the D90. With the new EOS Rebel T1i, Canon is aiming straight for cash-strapped photographers and Nikon's jugular with a 15.1-megapixel DSLR that records 1080p movies for hundreds less than a D90 kit with lens - all in the space of six months. Who says Moore's Law doesn't affect everything with a chip inside? Now, is the new T1i the killer DSLR it appears to be? We put it through its paces to find out."

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Best PCs Under $500 @ Digital Trends
"You turn on your computer to check the weather forecast in the morning, surf the Web in the afternoon, and make plans with friends over IM in the evening. Your idea of gaming is a quick round of Bejeweled Twist, teleconferencing doesn't get more complex for you than firing up Skype, and every video you've ever watched on a computer has come from YouTube. Congratulations: You're a casual computer user, and you really don't need to spend any more than $500 on a PC."

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In Win X-Fighter ATX Gaming Computer Case Review @ Tweaknews
"I must say I'm impressed with In Win's X-Fighter mid-tower gaming chassis. It has good cooling performance (particularly the CPU,) is quiet and has a very distinctive look with some lighting effects you won't find on any other case. I like the side panel treatment with functional louvers and red mesh accent, and I like how the front panel design seems to unify visual elements from elsewhere on the case."

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Tuesday, May 19, 2009
The Moblin V2 User Interface Is Very Impressive
"We first got excited for Moblin 2.0 back in January when seeing how fast this Linux distribution had booted on Atom-powered netbooks. This Fedora-derived distribution booted even faster with a newer development release that came out this past March. While Moblin 2.0 final is not yet released, there is now more to get excited over than just amazing boot times. Moblin 2.0 will introduce a Clutter-based user interface and from our initial encounters with this release, it is very impressive! In this article we have more information on this new UI along with screenshots and videos."

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Kingston SSDNow M Series 80GB SATA 2.5 Bundle Kit @ Legit Reviews
"Kingston took their popular SSDNow Series and added all the hardware and software necessary to replace your notebook or desktop computer's internal SATA hard drive with a new product series called the Kingston SSDNow Solid State Drive (SSD) Bundle Kit. The heart of the bundle is Acronis True Image HD software, an imaging program that copies the contents of one computer hard disk and loads those contents to another system drive; that will take you through the cloning process. This software allows you to move your Operating System and your personal data (including all settings, emails, etc.) from your current system hard drive to your new SSD. Once the Acronis True Image HD cloning process is complete and the data is successfully transferred to your SSD, your hard drive can then be used as a secondary drive for data storage with the included external SATA drive housing..."

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XtremeComputing has posted 2 new reviews 19/05/09
"For this review I will be looking at a new product from a well-known pc hardware manufacturer. That manufacturer is Chieftec and the product under review is one of their new cases from the mesh range the Chieftec CH-05B-B aka the Cheiftec Aegis."

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ASUS VH236 LCD Monitor
"Over the years we have looked at many ASUS products primarily with when it comes to graphics cards and motherboards, but never had we got our hands on an ASUS LCD monitor. However, that changed earlier this month when receiving the ASUS VH236 LCD monitor. This 23-inch widescreen monitor from ASUS has a native resolution of 1920 x 1200, a 2ms GTG response time, ASUS Smart Contrast Ratio Technology, ASUS Splendid Video Intelligence Technology, and a dual 2W speaker system. This ASUS display may not be as nice as the Samsung SyncMaster 305T but it does offer more features than some of the other monitors in its class like the Dell S2409W. Continue on as we test out the ASUS VH236 LCD monitor."

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Best HDTVs for Under $900 @ Digital Trends
"With stock prices falling and 401Ks crumbling daily, now might seem like a dubious time to go and spring for an oversized high-definition television (HDTV). But here's the kicker, provided you can afford to liberate some cash from under your mattress: Deals on the sets have never been more enticing. Not only has the pace of technology ensured that top-tier technology has quickly filtered down to budget models. Even as prices were already plummeting, dampened consumer spending also has retailers dropping costs more and more every day as they attempt to reel in bargain hunters."

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HornetTek D-Slim @ Bjorn3D
"With Netbooks gaining in the popularity, it is no longer a novelty or gadget in the computer world. In fact, it looks like it is here to stay. The Netbooks are designed to be highly portable and have a long battery life. As a result, Netbooks usually have to make a sacrifice by forgoing the optical drive. Although many people probably will be okay with the omission of the optical drive in place for a small portable computer, the truth is that there are times when having an optical drive can be useful even if you use your system on the go. Realizing such demand, HornetTek has launched the D-Slim, a portable optical drive that is designed to be used for those who need an external optical drive on the go."

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Win a 2.25TB NAS System @ Bigbruin.com
"Geeks.com recently shipped over a Western Digital RE2 750GB enterprise SATA hard drive for review, and they also included a few more to be packed in to a Thecus N3200 3-bay Network Attached Storage (NAS) system for one lucky winner to enjoy!"

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Tweaknews / IcyDock "Dream Hard Drive Enclosure" Contest
"With over $800 worth in prizes, this is the chance for everyone to design and submit their thoughts and creative impressions on what a dream hard drive enclosure is. Do you find current designs are lacking in style and features? Now is you chance to put you thoughts on paper and you might win a great prize."

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Monday, May 18, 2009
Ubuntu 64-bit More Competitive Against Mac OS X
"Last week we published Ubuntu 9.04 vs. Mac OS X 10.5.6 benchmarks where we compared the performance of these two popular operating systems on a Mac Mini. With the OS X kernel currently being 32-bit but with support for 64-bit applications, we had used the 32-bit version of Ubuntu 9.04. In a majority of the Leopard operating system from Apple outperformed Canonical's Jaunty Jackalope, but today we are adding in the results from an Ubuntu 64-bit installation. As you can see from the results, the x86_64 version of Ubuntu Linux is more competitive against Mac OS X 10.5.6."

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Gigabyte GK-K6800 Keyboard @ Bjorn3D
"When it comes to keyboards, everyone has different needs and preferences. We tend to like Multimedia keyboards that free us from searching for commonly used programs, like Windows Media Player, or launching our favorite browser. We also like an easy to use volume setting and a smattering of assorted keys to do the everyday mundane tasks easily. Combining form with functionality, the Gigabyte GK-K6800 Luxury Multimedia Keyboard is practically a piece of art. Well designed, with a solid feel to it, the GK-K6800 provides plenty of Multimedia functions and manages to throw a little flair into the design. It replaces our much loved but well abused $10 (USD) generic keyboard at the test bench. Since often the test bench is also the gaming rig, entertainment center, and all duty rig, the GK-K6800 is in for a good workout."

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Shure SE115 Review @ Digital Trends
"Perhaps bending to economic will, well-respected audio companies are now offering a middle ground between cheap and state-of-the-art headphones. Shure's SE115, the latest attempt to balance quality and price, is a very nice compromise, though bass-loving audiophiles will definitely recognize some tradeoffs have been made in favor of the unit's lowered cost."

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Western Digital RE2 750GB Enterprise SATA Hard Drive Review @ Bigbruin.com
"The Western Digital RE2 750GB SATA hard drive is now two generations removed from being the latest and greatest in their family of enterprise class hard drives, but it didn't show its age when tested for use at home. While it performed well in typical desktop benchmarks, I can also see it being well suited to NAS duty, as a stand alone drive or in a RAID array."

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PowerColor Radeon HD 4670 Review @ Digital Trends
"Most modern video cards can deliver enough pixels to drive a mid-sized monitor (think widescreen 19- to 22-inch displays with a native resolution of 1680x1050) - at least until you sit down to play a high-end game. At that point, a PC equipped with a low-end video card turns into an expensive slideshow projector. Upgrading your system's video card is easy enough, but a high-end card that's capable of delivering just about any game at 60 frames per second at a given resolution-our minimum performance requirement-can cost $400 or more. And while it wasn't long ago that we'd never recommend a video card in the sub-$100 price range for serious gaming, PowerColor's Radeon HD 4670, which is street-priced at just $90, surprised us by coming close. This card has all the features you'd want for other applications too, including the capability to offload Blu-ray video-decoding chores from the host CPU."

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Thermaltake Element S Case @ techPowerUp
"Thermaltake says the new Element S case is designed for Pros: is that true? With a stylish black finish, no annoying lighting, anti-vibration side panels and room for up to seven hard drives and two SSDs that may just be the case."

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Friday, May 15, 2009
Mushkin Redline XP3-12800 6 GB Kit @ techPowerUp
"The Redline Tri-Channel Kit from Mushkin manages 1600 MHz at CL6-7-6-18 right out of the box, making it one of the fastest kits at this speed on the market. We push the kit way past the red line for you in this review, reaching well over 2000 MHz with more relaxed timings."

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NXZT Panzerbox Aluminum Mid Tower PC Case Review @ Legit Reviews
"Over the years as PC components have gotten faster, they have also gotten hotter. These days, nearly every component generates some sort of heat and has gotten to the point where air may no longer alleviate some of it as airflow is sometimes restricted in some form. Enter the NZXT Panzerbox. With 190mm fans in a meshed front and on the meshed top with a 120mm at the rear boasting over 300 CFM of airflow, along with an option to install a dual 120mm Radiator inside, the Panzerbox is armed to combat the heat generated by your PC..."

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Cooler Master HAF922 @ Bjorn3D
"Cooler Master has been quite busy lately with all these new cases. So far, three new mid tower cases have been released, the Sniper, Scout, and now the HAF 922. The HAF 922 is the little brother of the HAF 932. The HAF series has been specifically designed to include large fans to keep noise down, but still move a ton of air. The HAF 932 certainly did not disappoint in that regard. One can certainly say that the Cooler Master HAF 932 is one of the best cases for moving air without being a blow dryer. Cooler Master has set the bar high from the start. The HAF 922 has to prove it can move a ton of air while still being very compact."

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ASUS ENGTX260 Matrix GeForce GTX 260 @ BmR
"The breakneck pace of product development for graphics cards doesn't always generate bigger, faster, more powerful chips and cards. Sometimes a new product gets developed and introduced to the market that isn't a barn burner. Such is the case with this GTX260-based video card, the ASUS ENGTX260 Matrix. That doesn't mean it isn't a worthwhile product, or isn't worth the attention of Benchmark Reviews. Instead, it's usually a more focused design that is aimed at a tighter target market. As if the high end PC graphics card market isn't tight enough, ASUS has carved out a niche in their product line called Matrix, and adopted it into their Republic of Gamers. The hallmarks of the Matrix range so far are enhanced cooling capacity, improved configurability, and unique visual designs. The 9800GT and HD4870 cards that were released in 2008 have a new sibling, the ENGTX260 Matrix, and there is clearly a family resemblance. This isn't the first GTX260 video card that Benchmark Reviews has tested, but let's see what's different about this one."

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Thursday, May 14, 2009
AZZA Fantom 900 @ techPowerUp
"The AZZA Fantom 900 takes some cues from similar styled cases and gives its interpretation on how a budget minded mid-sized gaming case should be. With many cases that are out there for new builders and gamers wanting to save on money, we'll take a look at what sets the Fantom 900 apart from its competitors and why it's a solid choice for all."

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OpenSolaris vs. Linux Kernel Benchmarks
"Earlier this week we delivered benchmarks of Ubuntu 9.04 versus Mac OS X 10.5.6 and found that the Leopard operating system had performed better than the Jaunty Jackalope in a majority of the tests, at least when it came to Ubuntu 32-bit. We are back with more operating system benchmarks today, but this time we are comparing the performance of the Linux and Sun OpenSolaris kernels. We had used the Nexenta Core Platform 2 operating system that combines the OpenSolaris kernel with a GNU/Ubuntu user-land to that of the same Ubuntu package set but with the Linux kernel. Testing was done with both 32-bit and 64-bit Ubuntu server installations."

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HP Pavilion Elite m9600t Review @ Digital Trends
"When you're considering a PC like HP's Pavilion Elite m9600t, you have to give yourself honest answers to two basic questions: Are you a PC enthusiast, or do you just want a high-powered computer that doesn't call a lot of attention to itself? And do you have the time and patience to suss out problems on your own, or do you prefer the peace of mind that only a large tech support operation can provide?"

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Thermaltake Lanbox Chassis @ Bjorn3D
"We've been looking for a small chassis that will accommodate Micro ATX and Mini ATX motherboards, yet offers full functionality for multi GPU setups without sacrificing style. It's been a long search looking for the holy grail of Lan Party chassis but we think we finally found one that we can be happy with, the Thermaltake Lanbox series. The Thermaltake Lanbox offers a stylish chassis, totally modular design, let's you use multi GPU setups if you like, and accepts Micro ATX and Mini ATX form factor boards. With boards like the Asus Rampage Gene hitting the market with enthusiast features and Micro ATX form factor, anyone looking to make a splash at the local Lan Party of anyone who just doesn't want a bulky tower on their desk should look closely at the Thermaltake Lanbox."

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Super Talent UltraDrive ME 120GB MLC SSD FTM28GX25H @ BmR
"Performance enthusiasts have been keeping notes on SSD technology for a while now, and until recently the price and performance of Solid State Drives were not within reach for casual consumers. SSD products are quickly moving mainstream, and former marketing points like power consumption is now the least impressive of all benefits a Solid State Drive delivers. The real payoff is in the practically instant response time and high-performance throughput. Capacity and stuttering were once the only problems keeping SSDs from replacing HDDs, but now it's just capacity. Quick to solve that problem, Super Talent now offers their 512GB MasterDrive RX SSD which provides capacity matched to performance. The Super Talent UltraDrive ME adds 64MB of Elpida DRAM to the buffer has permanently solved stuttering problems, making raw performance the last bottleneck. An Indilinx 'Barefoot' internal controller commands the bank of Samsung K9HCG08U1M DRAM modules, allowing the UltraDrive ME SSD to offer an impressive capacity with top-speed performance. Benchmark Reviews tests the reaction time and bandwidth performance for the FTM28GX25H 120GB model against over two dozen other products in this article."

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Wednesday, May 13, 2009
Cooler Master HAF 922 Mid Tower Case Review @ Legit Reviews
"Following the success of the full tower HAF 932, Cooler Master has now successfully extended their product line to a mid tower with the HAF 922. It has a strong appearance and I think they did a good job on the HAF 922. The open design of the HAF line makes for nice air flow throughout the case. The space also made it easy to work in the case; I have rather large hands and I had no issues working in the HAF 922 at all..."

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Testing Out AMD's DRI2 Driver Stack
"For as long as I can recall, ATI/AMD video cards have typically had decent support in Linux. It's not hard to pick out points in time where drivers were slow to come (R300 sticks out in my mind), but that was not due to the lack of effort by the open-source community as it was the difficulty reverse engineering a chip with no documentation. Intel seems to be the one getting most of the press these days regarding their open-source graphics support, but AMD is putting forth its own notable effort as well. They have multiple full time employees working on open-source support and have released specifications and programming documentation for their entire range of chips. The past few months have seen a flurry of activity in graphics related development, and a fair amount of this is centered around AMD hardware."

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Sony HDR-XR500V Review @ Digital Trends
"Have tape- and DVD-based camcorders gone the way of the VCR and the cassette Walkman? It sure looks that way, as we're pretty hard-pressed to find a super cool model featuring those media types. And how do you beat something like Sony's high-def HDR-XR500V, with a 120GB hard drive, 6-megapixel CMOS imager and GPS map tagging? It's tough. The XR500V is definitely not cheap, at $1,299, and is far from perfect, but we're getting ahead of ourselves. Let's see what state-of-the-art looks like in the consumer camcorder arena."

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How to Speed up Your PC @ Digital Trends
"You can find entire websites and enthusiast communities dedicated to cutting your Windows boot time by milliseconds and squeezing every last drop of visual performance from your system in high-end games like Crysis, but what does the average Joe do when his once-trusty steed begins to limp? Put her down and buy a new one, usually. That's a pretty poor option when many people are struggling to even make rent and pay mortgages, and as most tech-savvy geeks know, it's usually not necessary, either. Therefore we've rounded up a few simple ways to go about unclogging the congested arteries of your poor machine and restoring it to its former athletic glory, along with inexpensive ways to upgrade it without springing for a brand new desktop. The following tips stack up in order of increasing difficulty: Steps one through three represent relatively simple (and free) tasks that novices can undertake to upgrade their machines, while steps four and five require a bit more knowledge, time, and in some cases, money, to accomplish. Follow them in order, and you'll be on your way back to peak performance in no time."

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Asus M4N82 Deluxe SLI AM3 Motherboard @ Bjorn3D
"We've been running our Phenom 2 reviews on an Asus M4A78T-E board and it's a very capable board driving speeds of up to 4 GHz on selected Phenom 2 X4 CPU's. It's not a particularly fancy board so we decided to look at one of the Asus M4N82 Deluxe SLI boards. The board supports AM3 CPU's but uses DDR2 instead of DDR3. The ability to use DDR2 instead of DDR3 makes the M4N82 Deluxe a good option for value minded enthusiasts. Upgrade the Motherboard and CPU but keep that killer kit of DDR2 and save some money."

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Sennheiser IE8 Earphones @ techPowerUp
"IE8 is the name of a brand new earphone solution from Sennheiser. The Sennheiser IE8 boast a dynamic driver and an innovative bass adjustment feature that allows the user to tweak the bass response on the move. With a price of $400 they don't come cheap, but for an audiophile who is looking for the best sound quality possible, these might still be a very viable choice."

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Tuesday, May 12, 2009
World-Exclusive: Lian Li PC-B71 & Silent Force 650W @ techPowerUp
"The Lian Li PC-B71 takes the same concept as the A7010 - which is already an excellent choice - and improves on it in many areas. You will get a whopping seven hot swappable SATA bays, with access to them from the front of the chassis, along with an incredible, sophisticated, metal locking mechanism for the mainboard expansion slots. This case may just be the one to inch closer to that perfect 10, even if it comes at a price."

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Razer Mamba Review @ Digital Trends
"It's a good thing for Microsoft that they sent us the SideWinder X8 wireless gaming mouse before Razer could get its Mamba wireless gaming mouse into our clutches. We thought Microsoft's product was pretty good (and awarded it a score of"

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MSI Wind Top AE1900 Review @ Digital Trends
"Intel never intended for the ultra-low-voltage Atom processor to power anything but ultraportable PCs, but its widespread popularity in netbooks has now earned the chip yet another new home in desktop computers as well. Manufacturers like Asus, Averatec and Shuttle have all turned to the netbook parts pile to begin churning out all-in-one PCs that employ the same hardware, and although performance isn't a selling point for this new breed, price is. Consider MSI's Atom-powered AE1900, which sells for just $530. For a full PC with all the accoutrements, including an 18.5-inch monitor, keyboard, and mouse, that's an awfully inviting package in a cash-strapped economy. And, like HP's TouchSmart (which utilizes the beefier Intel Core 2 Duo platform), this model has full touchscreen capabilities. But does all the bean counting add up to a barebones value machine, or a PC crippled by cut corners? Read on to find out."

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Leadtek GTX275 @ Bjorn3D
"With the recent introduction of the ATI HD 4890, Nvidia needed something to directly compete with this card. Their answer was the GTX275, and today we have the Leadtek version of this card. Essentialy all Nvidia partners cards are the same, with the exception of the top sticker, so whats different about the Leadtek version? For one Leadtek does not officialy opperate in North America, which means it will be hard to get your hands on one of these cards without importing it from another country if you live in North America. That makes this primarily a review for our European friends, but if you want to see the GTX275 go head to head with the HD 4890 might as well read on!"

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Ubuntu 9.04 vs. Mac OS X 10.5.6 Benchmarks
"Last year we provided benchmarks looking at Ubuntu versus Mac OS X when it came to using the latest releases for both software platforms at the time. Both operating systems had performed competitively -- in some tests, the Apple OS wound up on top while in other areas Canonical had the advantage. Since that article back in November, Apple has released a minor update to Leopard (v10.5.6) and Canonical last month released Ubuntu 9.04. We have already looked at the performance of Ubuntu's Jaunty Jackalope, and even found it to perform with old hardware, but how does it now compete with Mac OS X? We have more benchmarks this morning to continue this performance investigation."

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Cooler Master HAF 922 Mid-Tower Case Review @ Bigbruin.com
"The Cooler Master HAF 922 Mid-Tower case is an excellent choice for gamers, enthusiasts, or anybody who wants to have a great looking case while also keeping their components cool. Installing components is nearly tool-less, and the only time you will need any tools will be when you mount your motherboard and power supply."

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XtremeComputing have Posted two new reviews
"For this review I will be looking at a new product from a company that until recently I was unfamiliar with. The product in question is a hard drive docking station with USB and E-sata and the manufacturer is Sandberg."

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I-Rocks RF-6572 Wireless RF 2.4 GHZ Keyboard/Mouse Combo Review @ Tweaknews
"I-Rocks got back to basics with this wireless keyboard/mouse combo and I must say they did a great job. This is the kind of product that will appeal to a wide range of computer users not only because of the excellent build quality and reliable wireless signal; it also offers a setup process that is simple enough for even novice computer users."

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Monday, May 11, 2009
Covington-Creations Earbud Yo-Yo Review @ Legit Reviews
"Using the Earbud Yo-Yo really does clean up the clutter of tangled earbud cords. The Yo-Yo was really simple and easy to set up and makes storing your earbuds less of a pain. After a bit of practice, you can roll and unroll your earbud cord quite quickly for storage and use. We did find that the performance for the Earbud Yo-Yo varied depending on the kind of cord your earbud has. For the standard (ie. Cheap) kind of earbuds that come standard with your iPod or other media player, the Yo-Yo works great..."

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Panasonic Lumix DMC-FS15 Review @ Digital Trends
"Panasonic's Lumix DMC-FS15 is a very good mid-priced point-and-shoot camera that's particularly strong at taking close-ups. The unit's small, relatively thin, and light enough to carry in a shirt pocket, but it's loaded with features including a 12 megapixel image sensor and a Leica 28-145mm lens. The DMC-FS15 has a few shortcomings, including bothersome digital noise in shots taken at the far end of its ISO range and a zoom lens that tops out at 5X optical, but such limitations are to be expected from a camera with a street price well below $200."

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AMD Radeon HD 4770 On Linux
"The latest addition to AMD's Radeon HD 4000 series (R700) family is the ATI Radeon HD 4770 graphics card, which was released in late April. We finally have our hands on this graphics card which uses the RV740 -- the first 40nm GPU -- and have proceeded to run our usual assortment of Linux-based tests. Along with the transition from a 55nm to 40nm process, the Radeon HD 4770 has been designed to bridge the current R700 solutions to their next-generation graphics processors that will be introduced later this year. The Sapphire Radeon HD 4770 may cost less than $100 USD, but it packs serious performance capabilities."

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NZXT Sentry LX Fan Controller Review @ Bigbruin.com
"The NZXT Sentry LX fan controller is a capable device that makes controlling and monitoring up to five fans and temperatures rather convenient. The display is well laid out and easy to read (from the right angles), and taking control of each fan is quite simple. While it made a very good overall impression, there are a few things that could use some refinement."

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GigaByte 1 Gig 9600GT @ Bjorn3D
"These days with our economy being in shambles, people are spending their hard earned money a bit more wisely. By making small sacrifices on aspects we did not normally do. So it is natural for us to spend less on our computers, especially when it is time for us to upgrade our computers. The question we ask ourselves what do we need, and what do we not need? Where can we, as a consumer cut corners on our computer upgrade's but still give us playability with out sacrificing to much on visual as well as capabilities we will need from our computers?"

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AirLive! WMU-6000FS @ techPowerUp
"The AirLive! WMU-6000FS is not just an access point/wireless router. It can also hold a 2.5" hard drive and has USB ports to function as print server or network storage device. An interesting device for people wanting to share their documents on a home network without creating a cable mess or having countless separate devices."

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What Makes a Great Game : Story or Graphics? @ Tweaknews
"The most successful franchises to date have been carried over an amazing array of platforms with varying degrees of technical limitation to deliver great stories in which the player wants to become immersed; such franchises that easily come to mind include Silent Hill, Zelda, Super Mario, Final Fantasy, Diablo, and World of Warcraft."

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Sunday, May 10, 2009
Phoronix Test Suite 2.0 Enters Alpha
"Last month the plans for Phoronix Test Suite 2.0"

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Friday, May 8, 2009
Noctua NH-C12P SE (1366) @ Bjorn3D
"There comes a time in every reviewers life when they get swamped, it's just part of the process. Recently we got 4 CPU coolers that came in on the same truck. Quite the surprise to say the least. We saved the best for last, the Noctua NH-C12P SE 1366. A cooler that rivals the legendary TRUE 120. We wanted to see just how much it rivals the TRUE 120 on a level playing field so we're going to use the Noctua fans that came with the NH-C12P on the TRUE 120 and put them head to head on the Core i7 965 Extreme and see which one stays on Quadzilla. Searching for the best air cooling alternatives has been a long road and one with no visible end. We're about to switch back to water cooling on the test rig because i7 reviewing has slowed down enough to dip below the insanity level. In the mean time lets get back to the Noctua NH-C12P revisit."

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Sapphire Radeon HD 4770 CrossFireX Performance @ BmR
"The Sapphire Radeon HD 4770 introduces the 40nm RV740 GPU paired to 512MB of DDR5 video frame buffer memory, and a double-height cooler allows the 100277L model video card to operate at 750MHz. As of May 2009, the Sapphire HD4770 sells for as low as $99, which allows gamers to create a very affordable CrossFireX array using this mainstream graphics accelerator. Benchmark Reviews compares two Sapphire Radeon HD4770's assembled into a CrossFireX set against a large collection of high-performance GPU's for the tests in this article."

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Thursday, May 7, 2009
AMD Releases R600/700 Programming Guide
"AMD ended out last year by releasing basic R600/700 3D code that allowed the rendering of open-source triangles, but not much in the way of usable OpenGL acceleration for end-users. Just last month AMD had then pushed out new R600/700 code that plugged into the Mesa stack and is being used as the groundwork for the providing open-source OpenGL acceleration on the Linux desktop with newer ATI graphics processors. In between December and April, AMD had also released extensive documentation covering the 3D engines on the R600 and R700 graphics processors along with the R700 instruction set architecture. While the open-source 3D support is still emerging for the Radeon HD 2000, 3000, and 4000 series, AMD has released some more documentation. This time around they have a programming guide for those developers interested in understanding the latest ATI GPUs."

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Seagate Momentus 7200.4 500GB Notebook Hard Drive @ Legit Reviews
"When comparing the Seagate Momentus 7200.4 500GB (ST9500420AS) to other popular hard drives like the Western Digital Scorpio Blue 500GB and the Seagate Momentus 7200.3 320GB, you can see just how fast the drive performs. The Seagate Momentus 7200.4 has the fastest read and write speeds of any notebook hard drive that we have ever tested. The Seagate Momentus 7200.4 500GB has write speeds that best the Super Talent MasterDrive OX 64GB Solid State Drive (SSD) and come in just under the Intel X25-M and Kingston SSDNow M 80GB SSDs..."

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Top 10 Fashion Laptops
"Henry Ford famously joked in 1909 that customers could order their Model Ts in whatever color they wanted - so long as it was black. And about ten years ago, that was pretty much the status of the notebook industry. Buying a laptop meant picking out a boring grey slab with the best bundle of specs. But as this particular segment of the market has blown up, so too, have your choices. Once-grey slabs now come in all shapes, sizes, colors and materials, making them as much an expression of individuality and fashion as cars have become. Take a look at the apex of modern-day laptop design with 10 of the finest examples on the market today."

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Canon Vixia HF200 Review @ Digital Trends
"There are two unshakeable truths in the CE biz: Technology never stands still, and prices always drop. Although you'll occasionally kick yourself in the butt when you see the HDTV you bought drop by a third in a year's time, this overall trend is a good thing, especially for procrastinators. The new Vixia HF200 is a good example. This new entry-level AVCHD camcorder records at 24 Mbps, compared to last year's 17, which translates to better video on your TV screen. It also has an improved image sensor, a more powerful zoom lens, plus it costs less than the 2008 HF100. Now how bad is that? This is Canon's most affordable high-def model, and we were delighted to put it through its paces to see if it was worth the wait."

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Gigabyte GM-M8000 Ghost Mouse @ Bjorn3D
"When it comes to todays games we play, we need a mouse that can react fast, have smooth non jarring movements, be able to go from slow precise movements to extremely quick movements with ease, and not have to go into a control panal to do so. Lets face it, them mice of yester year just don't cut it for todays gamers. We as gamers also want to be able to adjust the wieght of the mouse to custoim tailor that part to our every day daily needs,while our mice on multiple mousing surfaces. We also want this to be done effortlessly as well."

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NZXT Guardian 921 Crafted Series Mid-Tower ATX Computer Case Review @ Tweaknews
"With their redesigned Guardian 921 gaming case, NZXT has updated the look and features of the original Guardian while managing to keep its feel and tone. The “armored” look is still there and the updated visual elements are tastefully done, giving the case a fresh, new look while paying homage to the original. I found the illuminated temperature display and eSATA port refreshing and, while not strictly necessary in a gaming case, both features should prove useful."

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Wednesday, May 6, 2009
World-Exclusive: ASUS EAH4890 TOP w/ Super ML Capacitor @ techPowerUp
"ASUS has sent us one of the first samples of their new EAH4890 TOP which uses a SuperML capacitor that is supposed to offer cleaner voltage resulting in better overlocking. Also this is the first card to feature a 6+8 pin PCI-Express power connector for improved voltage delivery. Last but not least, ASUS is now using a dual fan cooler with six thick heatpipes."

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Recycle Your Broken Computer Parts and Towers @ Legit Reviews
"Looking for a better solution here in St. Louis Missouri I ran across a site called e-cycle St. Louis that lists local recycling centers. The site listed 11 recycling centers in the St. Louis area that are said to accept most items at no charge. A couple of items, such as computer monitors and TVs, may include a $5 fee. This fee is said to be necessary to help cover the safe and appropriate method of breaking down these items for recycling. One of the recycling centers was fairly close to where I live, so recycling is not much more work than throwing something away..."

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Palm Treo Pro Review @ Digital Trends
"Even though the sleek and beautiful touch-screen Palm Treo Pro is essentially a minor update of the 800W, its alluring external aesthetic make it feel like a whole new phone. Like the 800W, Palm does a superior job of putting lipstick on the Windows Mobile 6.1 swine behind the Pro's pretty face with a highly sensitive touch screen, and mapped hard keys that limit your need to actually touch the screen. The Pro offers up the now-familiar slate of Windows Mobile productivity and multimedia entertainment options, with mixed results. Bottom line: We wish the operating system matched the Pro's beautiful exterior. And it won't: The Pro is not upgradeable to the coming Windows Mobile 6.5. But for those who need or want a slick Windows Mobile device, you get an easy-to-use smartphone that, at $200, is both easy on the wallet and on the eyes."

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Netgear Digital Entertainer Elite EVA9150 Review @ Digital Trends
"Streaming standard-def movies from computers and remote hard drives to televisions has been old hat for years now. But for high-def connoisseurs looking to step up to the good stuff - pure 1080p digital content - extreme file size and bandwidth constraints have severely hampered streaming and storage. The EVA9150 solves that issue with 802.11n networking capabilities for more bandwidth, and an onboard 500GB drive for storage and buffering, making it one of the few boxes capable of streaming Blu-ray quality video. If you're looking to go discless, this machine's the ticket - but is it worth the price?"

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Dell S2409W 24-inch LCD
"The prices on LCD monitors have dropped a fair amount in recent times and it is now possible to find 24-inch LCDs approaching the $200 USD price-range, which a few years back was just reserved for a couple 17-inch LCDs. One such example is the Dell S2409W -- a 24"

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Leadtek WinFast GTS 250 @ Bjorn3D
"The GTS 250 is the latest addition to the Performance class of Nvidia GPUs. It is no secret that this particular GPU is a direct descendant of the 9800GTX series of cards. The core is a G92b. The G92 has gone through a die-shrink to 55nm as opposed to the older 65nm, and thereby reduced the energy consumption and cut back on the heat a little."

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OCZ Vertex EX SLC SSD OCZSSD2-1VTXEX120G @ Benchmark Reviews
"There are very few products that grab enthusiast attention like SSDs have. OCZ has created a well-deserved buzz around the industry since they launched their Core II, Apex, and Vertex multi-layer cell SSD products for retail consumers. Now they've gone one step further, and designed a SLC SSD for the demanding enterprise server segment. Benchmark Reviews welcomes the OCZ Vertex EX SSD OCZSSD2-1VTXEX120G into the ranks, and our bandwidth performance tests compare the Vertex EX to several other SSDs occupying the high-end market."

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Tuesday, May 5, 2009
Modding/Tutorial: How to get started with microcontrollers - Part 2 - Motors, servos, interfacing... at Metku.net
"This is the second part of the microcontroller tutorial series. This time we'll control some motors, fade some leds, interface with a computer and more."

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PC Power and Cooling Silencer 750 Review @ XtremeComputing
"PC Power and cooling have been around since before I was born, and are one of the oldest and best PSU brands around. They know what makes a good PSU, so let’s see if they still have the magic touch as we review their 750W Quad Blue Silencer."

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Mother's Day Guide
"She gave birth to you, raised you, fed you, and watched all two hours of the horrible school play where you played Thomas Jefferson and ended up crying when you forgot your lines. (And even took you for ice cream afterward, remember?) After putting up with your childhood nonsense, Mom deserves something nice on the one day a year set aside to pay tribute to her infinite patience."

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Patriot EP 8GB DDR2 800 @ Bjorn3D
"I think we can all clearly remember the days of Battlefield 2 when to truly get top performance out of your machine you needed 2GB of ram in your system. Unfortunately that is not the case today and Patriot realizes this. With operating systems like Windows Vista and games like Grand Theft Auto 4 you really need some extreme ram to keep up with your high gaming demands. Today Patriot sends us an 8GB set of DDR2 800 to put through the paces. We will see how it compares to a lower amount of ram that runs faster."

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Bel Canto Ref500 Review @ Digital Trends
"If you wanted a top-echelon audio power amplifier fifteen years ago, it would be big, heavy, power sucking, and hot. That's because Class A amplifiers generate tremendous amounts of heat during operation. Over 75% of the energy that goes in goes out as heat, not sound. Class A/B amplifiers are only slightly better since they operate as class A amps until certain point when they slide into more efficient class B operation where only 50% of consumed energy becomes heat. To dissipate all this heat these power amplifiers also need large heat sinks, which take up space and add weight."

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Link FIX: PC Power and Cooling Silencer 750 Review @ XtremeComputing
"PC Power and cooling have been around since before I was born, and are one of the oldest and best PSU brands around. They know what makes a good PSU, so let’s see if they still have the magic touch as we review their 750W Quad Blue Silencer."

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Silverstone SG03 Sugo SFF Small Form Factor Case Review @ Tweaknews
"In recently years SilverStone has ramped up its product line with a huge selection of cases to cater to any type of computer enthusiast. On paper the SG03 Sugo SFF Case is a step in the right direction from the original SG01 design."

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PC Power and Cooling Silencer 750 Blue Quad PSU Review @ XtremeComputing
"More blue from the front also, all matching as the power and drive LED's are blue also. The whole thing is pretty quiet little more than a low hum coming from it and looking rather splendid with the blue lights and black with a splash of silver detailing on it."

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Thecus N7700 SATA 7-Disk RAID NAS @ Benchmark Reviews
"How much data storage is enough to satisfy your enterprise needs? Thecus would like to assure you their N7700 SATA-drive NAS server has you covered. With seven hot-swappable drive bays assembled into a rugged stackable chassis, the N7700 aims to safely house large collections of data in basic-disk JBOD, RAID-0, 1, 5, 6, and 10 arrays using either the EXT3, XFS or ZFS drive format. Dual Gigabit Ethernet ports can be configured for network load balancing, failover, or 802.3ad aggregation modes; and also adds up to 9000K MTU jumbo frame support to each. A single Intel Celeron M 440 processor powers the N7700 on a 533MHz FSB, using 1GB of single-channel DDR2 memory to process requests. In this article, Benchmark Reviews tests the bandwidth speed of the Thecus N7700 against several of the best Gigabit NAS servers available."

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Monday, May 4, 2009
Win a 250GB Seagate FreeAgent Theater Media Player @ Bigbruin.com
"Seagate recently launched their FreeAgent Theater Media Player; a simple little device intended to let you "enjoy all your digital photos, movies and music right from your home theater." They sent over one 250GB unit for us to review, and a second identical unit for one lucky winner to enjoy."

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Cooler Master Storm Scout @ techPowerUp
"The CM Storm Scout is the newest additon to the gaming line-up of Cooler Master. It comes packed with a lot of gamer oriented features and mean looks. To top things off, the Scout features a built-in handle so you can carry your rig to that next big LAN party without breaking a sweat."

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Kingston 80GB SSDNow M Series Drive Review @ Legit Reviews
"The Intel X25-M/Kingston SSDNow M Series 80GB SATA 2.5"

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Seagate FreeAgent Theater Media Player Review @ Bigbruin.com
"I see the Seagate FreeAgent Theater media player as a great option for someone looking to get their digital media on to their home theater without much stress. A simple setup process, a variety of audio/video connections, a useful wireless remote control, and intuitive on-screen controls are just a few features that will make the device enjoyable for users of any tech ability."

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Razer Arctosa Keyboard
"Razer is a company that began by producing high-end gaming mice like the Copperhead and since that point they have ventured into other gaming products like high-end sound cards, headphones, and mouse pads. Back in 2006 we looked at the Razer Tarantula, but the Arctosa has now succeeded that gaming keyboard. The Razer Arctosa is a moderately priced gaming keyboard that offers macro keys, media keys, 1000Hz Ultrapolling, and other features to entice gamers. The big question though is how well this keyboard with all of its functionality works under Linux."

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Sherwood RD-7503 Review @ Digital Trends
"If you've been waiting for the prices of HDMI-equipped A/V receivers to come down to earth, Sherwood's new RD-7503 should help you pull the trigger. While it doesn't have every bell and whistle, it does boast a long list of features and can be expanded to include more. And with an online price less than $400, it costs only a little more than a good Blu-ray disc player."

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Spire SP331CB CombiPod USB Hub/Card Reader Review @ Tweaknews
"If you are in need of an external card reader/USB hub combo and don't want to spend a lot of money, Spire's CombiPod fits the bill perfectly. It is small, durable, compatible with just about any memory card, and best of all it works exactly as it should."

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GSkill Trident 2000Mhz @ Bjorn3D
"When DDR3 memory was first introduced a couple of years ago, to overclock this type of memory was fairly simple. Just increase the voltage loosen up the timings and start increasing the FSB. Now since the Core i7 CPU's were introduced back in november, we can no longer start adding an insane amount of volts to our memory to overclock them. Having a limitation on the amount of memory voltages we can apply, a voltage limitation of 1.65 volts. Well, unless you want to take a chance on bricking a perfectly good CPU. Having this limitation of voltage to the memory has left the memory world up in arms, how do they come up with memory that performs well with good timing's all the while not go above the 1.65 voltage limiation."

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Sunday, May 3, 2009
Thermaltake ElementS Chassis @ Bjorn3D
"Since we noticed the silence when we started into the Phenom 2 reviews we were short a chassis and turned to Thermaltake for an alternative. We didn't need another huge chassis sitting around and Thermaltake came up with the perfect chassis for our needs, the ElementS chassis with it's sleek good looks and solid steel construction fit our bill. We've had the Element S for a while now (Our apologies Thermaltake) but we got 4 or 5 CPU;s in quick succession that kept us from our appointed task. Now that we have a little breathing room we'd like to introduce you to the Thermaltake ElementS Chassis."

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Friday, May 1, 2009
Intel DX58SO X58 Express Chipset Motherboard Review @ Legit Reviews
"The Intel DX58SO motherboard was just an awesome board to work with. It made the transition to Core i7 easy and enjoyable. We had absolutely no issues at all using the board. It met all expectations that one would have with an Intel board. As we looked at performance on this board it was very good, and it shows how much promise there is with the X58 express chipset and the Core i7 CPU. If you are looking for a power boost in performance, you will find it here..."

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Crucial BallistX 1333 @ Bjorn3D
"Ever since the introduction of Tri-Channel DDR3 memory, we have been seeing a whole slew of different memory types and speeds. But not all memory is created equally. What makes one memory better than another is the ability to overclock and maintain that speed better than the other types of memory. Crucial has proven to be one of these memory manufacturers."

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XtremeComputing have Posted three new reviews
"More blue from the front also, all matching as the power and drive LED's are blue also. The whole thing is pretty quiet little more than a low hum coming from it and looking rather splendid with the blue lights and black with a splash of silver detailing on it."

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Thermolab Baram Heatpipe CPU Cooler Review @ Tweaknews
"ThermoLab's Baram CPU cooler represents the company's first foray into the performance cooling arena, and they've done a good job. The fit and finish is excellent and the design is fundamentally sound. Cooling performance is also very good, until the voltage is raised anyway. Even then, it's much better than the OEM cooler but falls a bit behind most of the other coolers in the comparison."

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