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Wednesday, September 30, 2009
NVIDIA Announces CUDA GPU Architecture - Fermi @ Legit Reviews
"Here is a great shot of Jen-Hsun Huang with an NVIDIA Tesla graphics card that was powered by a Fermi derived GPU to give you an idea of the size of the graphics card..."

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Lucid HYDRA 200 Details and Interviews with AMD, Lucid & NVIDIA @ Legit Reviews
"The demo that we were shown behind closed doors was of course an MSI Big Bang motherboard that was running Windows 7 and ATI Radeon HD 4890 and GeForce GTX 260 graphics cards at the same time with both cards being load balanced. Notice that the Lucid HYDRA 200 load balancing solution has no interconnects, bridges, external dongles or adapters that are needed. Both cards were running fine and we were able to change which card had the monitor output on it from the Windows 7 desktop, which was pretty slick. Lucid gave us a chance to try out PC Game titles F.E.A.R. 2: Project Origin and Bioshock to see what the future of scalable graphics looks like with the Hydra 200. We must admit that we were fairly impressed with what we saw as the technology appeared to be working without any issues on these two game titles..."

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MSI P55-GD65 @ Bjorn3D
"Intel just released the Core i5/i7 1156 socket CPU this month of September, it is only natural for us to see the motherboard manufacturers have a boat load of motherboards for us to choose from. Intel is also promising an affordable socket 1156 CPU for those who are looking to upgrade from the ever ancient socket 775 platform. Today at Bjorn3D we going to look at one of MSI's offerings of the new improved CPU socket 1156."

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MSI P55 GD65 i5 Mobo Review @ XtremeComputing
"Today I will be looking at a brand new product, literally only a week or two from release from one of the best known names in the computer hardware manufacturing business. That manufacturer is MSI or Micro Star International. The product is one of their new motherboards for the new line of I5 Intel CPU's MSI's P55 GD65. As it's from MSI I expect it to be of the highest quality."

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OCZ Agility-EX SLC SSD OCZSSD2-1AGTEX60G @ Benchmark Reviews
"OCZ has earned the pole position in the race for Solid State Drive consumer supremacy. Most of the OCZ SSD product line is sold at retail to enthusiast end-users, but the EX-series offers SLC construction and delivers premier performance to the Enterprise sector and an affordable price. Corporate environments offer vast potential for SSD technology by offering drive performance faster than SAS-based storage, and dramatically reducing heat output. In this article, Benchmark Reviews tests the 60GB OCZ Agility EX SSD OCZSSD2-1AGTEX60G, and Indilinx-based SLC Solid State Drive."

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ATI Radeon HD 5850 CrossFire Video Card Review @ Legit Reviews
"When it comes to the performance of the ATI Radeon HD 5850 we found it to be 15-25% slower than the Radeon HD 5870 in the vast majority of the benchmarks. It was also faster than the NVIDIA GeForce GTX 285 graphics card, which is currently NVIDIA's flagship single GPU video card! If we had to suggest a screen resolution size to go with the Radeon HD 5850 it would have to be 1680 x 1050 and under if you like to turn all the eye candy on. Sure, the majority of the benchmarks that we ran here today showed the Radeon HD 5850 was able to run above 60FPS at 1920 x 1200 with 8xAA enabled, but we would like to plan for the future. With DirectX 11 game titles coming out soon a Radeon HD 5870 would be the better choice for gamers with monitors greater than 24"

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Tuesday, September 29, 2009
Logitech Z523 Review @ Digital Trends
"Have you ever wondered why more audio companies aren't building PC speakers these days? Listen to Logitech's Z523 speaker system and you'll ask a second question that handily explains the first: How in the world can any company manufacture powered speakers that sound this good and sell them for a hundred bucks? Before the audiophiles in the crowd issue a fatwa on us though, let us be clear in that we are praising these speakers chiefly for their price/performance ratio. They suffer mightily in comparison to some of the pricier speakers we've auditioned-Audioengine USA's $350 A5, for example, but frankly, we haven't heard anything that comes close to the Z523 at this price range."

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Sennheiser HD800 Review @ Digital Trends
"Replete with premium components, proprietary technology and several industry firsts, Sennheiser's HD800 headphones easily earn their place amongst the very best ever made. Retailing at just under $1400.00 though, the cover charge for this listening party is a little steep. However, if you want a jaw-droppingly amazing personal audio experience, these cans deliver and then some."

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Samsung Rogue SCH-U960 Review @ Digital Trends
"Of the plethora of cellular handsets that manufacturer Samsung is releasing this fall, the Rogue is one of the few that offers a brilliant AMOLED touchscreen display. While it isn't a smartphone by traditional definitions, shoppers shouldn't be overly worried, though. Why? Put simply, in many ways, it is one of the more compelling non-smart handsets we've had the pleasure of using."

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Optoma Pro250X Review @ Digital Trends
"There was a time when projector manufacturers built two different types of video projectors for two different markets: They designed projectors with computer resolutions for boardrooms and classrooms, and projectors with TV resolutions for home theaters. The line between those two markets seems to be disappearing. Witness Optoma's Pro250X video projector, whose data sheet describes a combination boardroom/classroom product, sporting a native resolution of 1024x768 (versus TV resolutions of 1920x1080 or 1280x720); square-ish 4:3 native aspect ratio (instead of widescreen 16:9); and analog VGA video inputs (as opposed to digital HDMI). In fact, Optoma's own press release labels it a"

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Patriot Torqx 128GB MLC SSD Review @ Legit Reviews
"The Torqx performed very well and near or at the top in just about all benchmarks. That being said, benchmarks do not always equate to how the drives perform in the real world and over time. I spent some time playing around on Windows 7 installed on the drive for quite while. I did a lot of multi-tasking, simultaneous file copies and moves, and played a game or two as well. I didn't notice any problems with stuttering and the system felt very crisp and responsive with Windows booting in less than twenty seconds from completion of BIOS load..."

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Monday, September 28, 2009
MSI X340 Slim Core 2 Solo Notebook Review @ Legit Reviews
"The MSI X340 Slim notebook surprised me a bit. It has an innovative design that makes it have a professional, sleek look and it does not lose functionality for the sake of style. The keyboard is large, and the keystrokes are soft and comfortable. The touchpad is in an awkward place, but I am glad that it can be turned off with a function key. From the student who likes to take notes on a laptop to those that like style along with an ultra-portable solution, the MSI X340 Slim notebook fits the bill..."

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FreeBSD 8.0 vs. Ubuntu 9.10 Benchmarks
"Canonical will be releasing Ubuntu 9.10 at the end of next month while the final release of FreeBSD 8.0 is also expected within the next few weeks. With these two popular free software operating systems both having major updates coming out at around the same time, we decided it warranted some early benchmarking as we see how the FreeBSD 8.0 and Ubuntu 9.10 performance compares. For looking more at the FreeBSD performance we also have included test results from FreeBSD 7.2, the current stable release. In this article are mostly the server and workstation oriented benchmarks with the testing being carried out on a dual AMD Opteron quad-core workstation."

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Patriot Viper 2 Sector 5 DDR3 2GHz (PVV34G2000LLKB for Core i5) @ Bjorn3D
"Now with the LGA 1156 platform, Dual Channel DDR3 is all the rage. While your older high voltage DDR3 kit will work, it will need to run in under 1.65v to ensure you don't end up killing your CPU. So if you have a 1600MHz kit that requires 1.9v, (which isn't uncommon) you'll likely be limited to the 1333 - 1400 MHz range on that kit. To take advantage of the full potential of LGA 1156 Core i5/i7 memory your going to need a good kit of low voltage DDR3 capable of giving you the performance you want and stay under that pesky 1.65v limitation imposed on LGA 1156 CPU's. We say ' imposed ' on CPU's because it's the memory controller on the CPU that needs the RAM to stay under 1.65v to prevent damage."

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Sunday, September 27, 2009
Professional Mechanical Keyboard Comparison @ Benchmark Reviews
"There are a lot of keyboards out there. Some keyboards are wireless; others offer lighting effects, programmable displays, and drivers that remap the keyboards to configurations optimized for specific applications and games. But if you're a serious typist - a professional who thinks that a keyboard's primary duty is to enable fast and accurate typing, and not to glow prettily or adjust your speaker volume or display the number of missiles left in your launcher, then you might be interested in a professional mechanical keyboard. Benchmark Reviews looks at a wide selection of available high quality keyboards to see which might be the best for you."

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A-DATA S805 Sport Series Flash Drive review in Metku
"The USB memory market is amazingly huge, and now we'll see how A-data S805 from their Sport Series manages to stand out from the competition."

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Luxa2 H1-Touch Mobile Holder Review @ Legit Reviews
"The ability to watch movies and videos on the Apple iPhone 3GS this stand comes in handy by keeping the phone at a nice viewing angle. Also, it is nice to note that on the six movable clamps and the bottom of the stand are nice no-slip grips. This means that your iPhone 3GS or other Smart Phone device will not move out of the clamps nor will the clamps mess with the paint job or finish. You will you will not have to worry about your stand moving around on you or scratching up your desk or table as it has rubber pads on the base as well..."

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Saturday, September 26, 2009
IDF 2009: The Best Tech From The Show Floor @ Legit Reviews
"Intel has managed to put seven of their SSDs on a single card! We had the chance to speak to an Intel fellow who told us that the card is able to reach 1.076 million IOPS (input/output operations per second). Intel is claiming that to get this level of performance from magnetic drives, you would need over 5,000 of them. In terms of bandwidth numbers that we would understand, this would be around four gigabytes per second of storage bandwidth. This is equivalent to nearly 5,000 disk drives worth of random read/write performance and you can fit this in your hands. Try doing that with 5,000 disk drives! SSDs are clearly going to be the storage drive of the future and this is one example of the way they might be headed..."

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Corsair Dominator DDR3 1600 (CDM4GX3M2A1600C8) @ Bjorn3D
"Along with Core i5/i7 (LGA 1156) came different requirements for RAM than previous platforms. The predecessor to LGA 1156 was core i7 LGA 1366 and it needed low voltage DDR3 in the triple channel flavor. The LGA 1156 platform needs Dual Channel DDR3, and it has the same 1.65v low voltage requirement as the previous platform."

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Friday, September 25, 2009
Save Money by Booking Trips Cheaper Online @ Digital Trends
"Travel expenses add up. Between airline tickets, hotel rooms, rental cars, and three square meals out on the town a day, it's tempting to give it up entirely when money gets tight. But you don't have to scratch that surf trip to Maui in favor of the Jersey shore just yet. With the near omniscience of the Web a mouse click away, finding cheap deals and ways to slash costs on your next vacation (without packing three dozen bologna sandwiches into a cooler as your sole source of sustenance) has never been easier."

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NZXT M59 @ Bjorn3D
"Although they all serve the same purpose, PC cases are the source of first impressions when looking at a computer. Some have flashing lights, some have endless drive bays, and I'm sure there are some that will even make your coffee in the morning. No matter what the standout feature is, a case is there to hold all of the components together to tame the wild hardware inside."

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Lian Li PC-B25F All Aluminum Mid-Tower Computer Case Review @ Tweaknews
"When presented with a chassis like Lian Li's PC-B25F, it is very hard not to heap praise on it like a smitten middle school girl. There is, nevertheless, a hell of a lot to recommend this case. It looks good, has a fabulous feature set with many excellent tool-free elements and top shelf cooling. What more do you want?"

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Intel Previews Clarkdale Processor Performance Numbers @ Legit Reviews
"Intel had a couple systems showing off the upcoming Clarkdale processor (Core i3), at this year's IDF show. The first system we spotted that happened to be running Clarkdale was the concept HTPC shown above with a mini-ITX motherboard. Intel had a reference mini-ITX H57 motherboard that they were showing off behind closed doors that we also got to spend a little time with. The layout of this reference board is a little different than most Intel mini-ITX boards that are currently on the market since it does not need a north bridge chipset..."

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Thursday, September 24, 2009
Corsair P64 SSD RAID Set P64-RAID-PK1 Review
"Enthusiasts are no stranger to RAID arrays. While server administrators depend on the redundancy of RAID-1 and other safe multi-drive configurations, performance enthusiasts are willing to risk it all for the promise of twice the normal performance from a striped RAID-0 array. To enjoy the added speed there must be two identical drives to which the data can split and write to each drive in stripes. Solid State Drive products already come at a premium over their hard drive counterparts, and most enthusiasts save up for just one SSD to help launch their computer system into hyper-speed. For the first time, SSDs are available in a twin-pack set, as Benchmark Reviews tests the Corsair P64 RAID PK1 kit. This SSD set includes two Corsair P64 64GB MLC drives, each with the part number CMFSSD-64GBG2D."

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Origen AE M10 @ techPowerUp
"Origen AE has taken their legendary construction quality down to a mini ITX platform with their newest HTPC chassis - the M10. It is made of two thick pieces of aluminum and features an external, passive 150W power brick - two aspects you won't get anywhere else. But is this enough to justify the 400 Euro price tag?"

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Kingston HyperX DDR3 2133MHz 4GB Kit (KHX2133C8D3T1K2/4GX) @ Bjorn3D
"Unlike Core i7 LGA 1366 the memory vendors were ready and waiting for Core i5/i7 LGA 1156. When Core i7 LGA 1366 came around the memory IC manufacturers couldn't keep up with demand for low voltage memory IC's for Triple Channel DDR3 that met the low voltage requirements. Memory was expensive and hard to come by. When LGA 1156 Core i5/i7 hit the shelves memory vendors were primed and ready for it."

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AMD Radeon HD 5870 Video Card Overclocking @ Legit Reviews
"Wasting no time, we started ratcheting up both the GPU and memory speed. At default voltage, we were able to reach a maximum stable overclock of 935MHz GPU and 1280MHz Memory. This is a gain of 85MHz and 80MHz respectively. We were able to get the card to run at 950MHz but would lock up midway through the second 3DMark Vantage test. With a little more voltage 950-1000MHz should not be a problem on the ATI Radeon HD 5870..."

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In Win Ammo Secure Hard Drive Enclosure Review @ Tweaknews
"In-Win has come up with a successful combination of unique styling and practical functionality with the Ammo enclosure. Security is the name of the game here with a steel outer shell to protect the drive from the elements and RFID encryption to ensure important data isn't compromised. The enclosure will also make a good conversation piece when other people see it, since it is made to look like an ammunition clip."

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Wednesday, September 23, 2009
Intel Core i7 Goes Mobile - Core i7-920XM 'Clarksfield' CPU Review @ Legit Reviews
"Based on the current 45nm Nehalem micro-architecture, the Intel Core i7 mobile lineup consists of three Clarksfield processors. The flagship mobile processor is the Core i7-920XM Extreme Edition followed by the mainstream Core i7-820QM and Core i7-720QM. The new platform brings the two-chip design to laptops which will increase efficiency when compared to the three-chip design of the Penryn-based mobile platform. With the memory controller now on the CPU and IO controlled by the PM55 Express chipset, we should see the mobile market catch up with the desktop market in terms of performance..."

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Another Look At Intel's Lynnfield Linux Performance
"Earlier this month we provided a launch-day preview of the P55 Chipset on Linux along with benchmarks from the Core i5 750 and Core i7 870, which are the new quad-core Lynnfield processors. We noticed some odd performance issues under Linux when testing out these new processors, but Intel has since chimed in and we are in the process of running an updated set of tests."

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LG LX 370 Review @ Digital Trends
"The LG LX 370 is a nice, compact camera-ready phone. Beyond these recommendations though, the limited multimedia options and so-so Internet browsing keep it clearly out of the smartphone category. Bearing this in mind, discerning buyers will find the handset to be a capable performer, but mostly hard sell."

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PanDigital PanTouch Clear 8-inch Review @ Digital Trends
"As you might be able to tell by festive store displays, Christmas is right around the corner. One of our favorite gift ideas is the digital photo frame. It says,"

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Gigabyte GA-P55-UD6 Motherboard: P55 vs X58 @ Benchmark Reviews
"For computer enthusiasts, the last Intel milestone was the Core i7 processor launch that paralleled the X58-Express motherboard chipset launch back in November of 2008. Ten months later and well into September of 2009, Intel has returned with the P55-Express chipset for mainstream users who pair it with the new LGA1356 socket. On the outside little more than the processor socket and memory configuration has changed, replacing dual-channel for triple. PCI-Express now offers only one 16x lane instead of two, while the number of SATA and USB ports continues to give more expansion room than the average user might need. The consumer might not know what to expect when choosing between the two products, other than one is mainstream (P55) and the other is for extreme enthusiasts (X58). In this article, Benchmark Reviews directly compares the Intel Core i7-860 equipped Gigabyte GA-P55-UD6 motherboard against the GA-EX58-UD4P with Intel Core i7-920. Testing a Core i7-860 against an i7-920 might not seem fair, and it's a little biased to compare P55 against X58, but the final outcome might just surprise you."

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ATI Radeon HD 5870 DX11 Video Card Review @ Legit Reviews
"From a performance perspective the ATI Radeon HD 5870 blew away the Radeon HD 4890 and the GeForce GTX 285 graphics cards in the benchmarks that we ran on Windows 7. The Radeon HD 5870 is by far the fastest single GPU graphics card that we have ever benchmarked and it is the real deal. It doesn't have an annoyingly loud fan, suck down obsessive amounts of power or heat up your room while you aren't gaming. The user experience with this card is very well rounded and it is tough to find anything negative to say about it..."

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AMD Radeon HD 5870 1 GB GDDR5 @ techPowerUp
"Today AMD launches their new Radeon HD 5800 Series of graphics cards. They are powered by a brand new graphics processor called "Cypress". Our review goes into all the detail about the new HD 5870 flagship, but we also have HD 5850 scores so you can get an idea what to expect."

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AMD Radeon HD 5870 PCI-Express Scaling @ techPowerUp
"AMD's latest generation of graphics cards offers unprecedented single GPU performance levels. Such performance requires an optimum environment, especially important is PCI-Express bandwidth. We investigate if these cards can still deliver on a PCI-E x8, x4 or even x1 link."

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Tuesday, September 22, 2009
IDF 2009: Keynote with Paul Otellini @ Legit Reviews
"Paul Otellini also showed displayed a 300mm silicon wafer containing the world's first working chips built on 22nm process technology. The 22nm test circuits include both SRAM memory as well as logic circuits to be used in future Intel microprocessors. The 22nm wafer displayed by Otellini is made up of individual die containing 364 million bits of SRAM memory and has more than 2.9 billion transistors packed into an area the size of a fingernail. The chips contain the smallest SRAM cell used in working circuits ever reported at .092 square microns. The devices rely on a third-generation high-k metal gate transistor technology for improved performance and lower leakage power..."

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NZXT Zero 2 Computer Case Review @ Tweaknews
"So, how does the Zero 2 compare to the original? Is this an update or a downgrade? After playing with the Zero 2 for about a week, I'd have to say that it is a bit of both. NZXT kept the form factor but changed the case material from aluminum to steel, making it much more robust and almost six pounds heavier."

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Onkyo HT-RC180 Review @ Digital Trends
"Onkyo has a well-earned reputation for building A/V receivers with fabulous price/performance ratios, and at first glance, the feature-laden HT-RC180 looks to be no exception. But we can't recommend this 7.2-channel receiver to anyone who owns a home theater PC or an older DVD-Audio player because the HT-RC180 lacks the multi-channel analog inputs needed to establish a proper audio connection with those devices."

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Insignia NS-L42X-10A Review @ Digital Trends
"Insignia probably isn't the brand you see commercials for on TV, go into the store planning to buy, or frankly, brag to your friends about after you buy. But after strolling the show floor and getting a dose of name-brand sticker shock, it's the type of brand you'll probably think twice about. Best Buy's little-known store brand ranks high on the features-for-the-buck scale, falling beside the likes of Vizio and Westinghouse on the peculiarly low end of the price range where shoppers can't help buy wonder what they're giving up for the price. We pried open the 42-inch NS-L42X-10A Insignia, which sells for $850 and boasts many of the same bells and whistles from spendier TVs, like 1080p resolution and 120Hz refresh rates, to find out whether Best Buy has a deal with the devil, or just a solid bargain on its hands."

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ASUS HDAV 1.3 Slim @ Bjorn3D
"ASUS is a company that has always been on top of their game when it comes to computers. They are normally the first ones with the most up to date computer component or product capability. ASUS has brought out a sound card that will not only allow us to 'Feel' the movie we are watching, but make the sound card easy to install and fit in just about any micro-sized chassis."

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XtremeComputing has posted 2 new reviews - 22nd september 09
"With i7 taking market share and more people considering building an i7 system every day triple channel memory kits ' popularity is on the rise. Today we are looking at an affordable Patriot Extreme Performance Viper Series DDR3 3GB (3 x 1GB) PC3-10666 Enhanced Latency DIMM Kit."

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Antec Two Hundred Mid-Tower Computer Case Review @ BmR
"PC gaming has never been an inexpensive proposition. The cost of processing power, for both CPU and GPU, may have gone down in cost per GigaFLOP, but the price tag to play the latest, coolest, PC game has stayed relatively constant. Fortunately, for those on a budget, things are looking up lately. One reason is that reasonably priced and even budget priced gaming cases are now available. Antec has just come to the rescue with their new Two Hundred model mid-tower gaming case. Benchmark Reviews has already shown you Antec's high end offerings, now take a look at what you might have to give up by going the budget route for your gaming rig chassis, and surprisingly what you might gain. The Two Hundred has some new features that could convince you to spend less rather than more on your next gaming case."

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Monday, September 21, 2009
XFX Radeon HD 4850 1GB Video Card Review @ Legit Reviews
"In our performance testing the XFX Radeon HD 4850 1GB was up against some stiff competition, namely it’s faster and more expensive 4000 series brothers. To say that the 4850 1GB is a bad card would be incorrect. At just $124.99 it is an extremely capable gaming card and the best bang for the buck in our testing today. A few years ago, buying a sub $150 video card meant that you had to keep the resolution low and turn down or off certain in-game features in order to get playable results. That is not the case today, the XFX Radeon HD 4850 1GB is able to play the latest games with all the eye candy on, though the compromise will be keeping it 1680x1050 or lower in most cases..."

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Gigabyte GA-P55-UD6 @ Bjorn3D
"We've run the Intel Core i7 870 'top dog' CPU on the Gigabyte and we'd have to say this is one of the best boards we've seen to date. Not just one of the best P55 boards, we mean of all the motherboards we've seen entirely. This one fits into the 'Get away from my motherboard' category. With 24 Phase power, Trusted Platform Module chip, Bluetooth security, 2 oz copper PCB, Dynamic Energy Saver 2, and the Smart 6 suite of features, your going to be hard pressed to find a more feature rich motherboard. The Smart 6 suite of features contains: Smart Quickboot, Smart QuickBoost, Smart Recovery, Smart Dual BIOS, Smart Recorder, and Smart TimeLock. Seriously, this board is feature rich; it is so feature rich it will be hard to cover all that it offers."

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Logitech Performance Mouse MX Review @ Digital Trends
"Logitech's Performance Mouse MX is the desktop cousin to the company's mobile Anywhere Mouse MX, and it's every bit as fabulous. Both mice feature Logitech's exquisite Darkfield Laser Tracking, which enables them to function accurately on just about any surface, including glass, and both devices use Logitech's new Unifying wireless technology, which enables a single tiny USB-powered wireless receiver to control multiple peripherals. For this review, we ran the Performance Mouse MX alongside Logitech's new Wireless Keyboard K350 to see how it would perform - read on to find out the results."

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Seagate Barracuda XT 6Gbps SATA-III HDD Preview @ BmR
"On 21 September 2009 Seagate Technology will be the first and only manufacturer to offer a SATA-III 6Gbps hard drive product with the large 64MB cache buffer as the 2TB Barracuda XT ST32000641AS is unveiled. Both combined improvements to burst rate and sustained bandwidth will mark a substantial improvement to the design of Hard Disk Drive (HDD) storage products, and the new technology is expected to give Solid State Drive (SSD) components some serious competition. The Seagate Barracuda XT series is designed for performance enthusiasts such as gamers, as well as small server systems. Additional enthusiast tools, such as the free Seagate SeaTools software, allow users to custom-define firmware parameters to enable performance features such as 'Short Stroke' and noise reduction. In this preview article, Benchmark Reviews reveals some of the improvements introduced with the Seagate Barracuda XT 6Gbps SATA-III ST32000641AS hard drive."

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Seagate Interview: SSD and Enterprise Storage @ BmR
"Benchmark Reviews has demonstrated a voracious appetite for high-speed storage technologies over the past few years, primarily fueled by our research and testing with Solid State Drive products. In this article Benchmark Reviews Executive Editor Olin Coles submitted several industry-specific questions directly to storage expert David Szabados, the Senior PR Manager responsible for enterprise storage, security, and future emerging storage technologies at Seagate Technology. David took time out of his busy schedule in the middle of the Seagate Barracuda XT 6Gbps SATA-III HDD product launch to directly answer many of the questions we asked. Benchmark Reviews asked Seagate questions that cover everything from increasing spindle speeds and Heat Assisted Magnetic Recording to offering SSD products, which all help shape this technology interview into an extremely rare opportunity for our readers to learn of upcoming and developmental product plans directly from the manufacturer."

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Sunday, September 20, 2009
Win a iBuyPower Gamer Paladin System @ Legit Reviews
"Our good friends over at Intel and iBuyPower have assembled a killer Gamer Paladin system that we are more than happy to give away to one of our lucky forum members this month! This is your chance to win an Intel P55 chipset and Core i7-870 powered gaming system (aka Lynnfield) for just being an active member of Legit Reviews! This system isn't your average system either as it is packed full of high-end components like an NVIDIA GeForce GTX285 video card, 4GB of DDR3 1600MHz memory, LG Blu-Ray player and since Intel is sponsoring the contest you know it has to have an Intel 80GB SSD along inside along with another 1TB hard drive for file storage! All this goodness is packed inside the Chimera Inferno gaming case and Windows Home Premium 64-bit has been installed. Not only will this system look good, but it will also be a solid overclocker and gaming system for one lucky winner here on Legit Reviews."

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Friday, September 18, 2009
Western Digital 2TB Caviar Green and Black Hard Drives @ Legit Reviews
"On September 1st, 2009, Western Digital announced two new 2 TB hard drives that belong in the Caviar Black and RE4 series, which are 3.5"

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Corsair HX850 PSU @ Bjorn3D
"If you really want your PSU to last the first company you should look at is Corsair. There have been a few rumors going around about Corsair lowering the certification of this PSU because it didn't live up to what the expected. This is untrue, the PSU was never designed to be a Gold PSU, but it actually qualifies as one. This shows that Corsair is a company that doesn't try to cheat to make them look better. Not only that, but Corsair backs this PSU with a 7 year warranty, so you can be sure that they 110% stand behind their power supplies."

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Samsung SyncMaster 2233RZ 120Hz Gaming LCD Monitor Review @ Tweaknews
"Till now, most monitor releases have been carbon copy releases of technology that has been out for over three years. An image quality tweak here, a design tweak there was all the consumer could expect. But this monitor is different in a big way. The technology difference contained within this rather standard monitor screams out loud in a crowd of your average everyday LCD computer monitor. No longer does the gamer have to settle in order to enjoy their games and no longer do they have to wait. The 120hz technology is here and I hope it is here to stay."

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Thursday, September 17, 2009
Lancool Dragonlord PC-K62 @ techPowerUp
"The Lancool PC-K62 is the high-end model of the Dragonlord Series. It comes stuffed with four fans, screw-less systems everywhere you look within that black interior and a cool looking window to top things off. We go in for the kill to see if we can tame the Dragon."

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CyberPower Gamer Xtreme 3000 System Review @ Legit Reviews
"Back in November we had our first taste of a pre-built computer from CyberPower, the Gamer Infinity GTX. It featured the new Intel Core i7 965 processor and cost a cool $4000. With today’s launch of Intel’s Lynnfield processor, CyberPower was gracious enough to send us one of their upcoming systems based on the new LGA 1156 platform, the Gamer Xtreme 3000. Packed with an overclocked Intel Core i7 860 processor and an EVGA GTX 295 video card, this system is sure to rock and it costs just $1599.99..."

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VisionTek HD 3650 AGP @ Bjorn3D
"I am sure there are plenty of you out there who are trying to get that last year out of your old AGP machine. While the CPU's may be many years out of date, you can still try to make it just a little bit longer with a new graphics card. If you fall into this category then VisionTek has your back. They have managed to convert the PCIE native signal from the 3650 and convert it into one that works with the AGP bus, but what happens if you don't fall into this category?"

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Intel DP55KG P55 LGA1156 Motherboard Review @ BmR
"Benchmark Reviews had the opportunity to review and launch two new Lynnfield processors from Intel: the Core i5-750 and the Core i7-870. While these were the stars of the launch, it wouldn't be a complete platform without the motherboard. Released in parallel with the two processors, is the Intel P55 Express Chipset. In this review, we'll examine the new chipset in detail and take a closer look at Intel's flagship DP55KG Extreme Series Motherboard."

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Wednesday, September 16, 2009
Microsoft Zune HD Review @ Digital Trends
"Almost two years to the day after Apple reimagined the personal media player as a mobile computer with the iPod Touch, Microsoft has outed its own take on the pocket entertainment machine: the Zune HD. Like the Touch before it, the Zune HD uses a high-resolution touch screen to add a new degree of ease and color to mobile listening, and to serve as a portable theater for video. But since"

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AMD Athlon II X4 620 and Athlon II X4 630 Processor Review @ Legit Reviews
"The AMD Athlon II X4 620 and Athlon II X4 630 processors offer nothing new or inspiring on the performance front, but they have a price point that will make you smile. For just $99 the AMD Athlon II X4 620 packs a mean punch and is the ideal processor to pair with an AMD 785G based motherboard. The AMD Athlon II X4 630 is a more interesting part to us as it has a higher multiplier and costs just $122. It was also able to reach over 3.8GHz, which is a fairly massive overclock for just air cooling. Getting more than 1GHz overclocks out of $99 and $122 processor is always fun because they really turn into 'budget beaters' and are able to out perform processors that usually cost significantly more than they do..."

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Sony Cyber-Shot DSC-TX1 Review @ Digital Trends
"While DSLRs generate huge amounts of online buzz, point-and-shoot digital cameras generate huge amounts of sales. An analyst told us that over 30 million digicams will be purchased this year, the majority for less than $199. Yet if you're at this site, a low-priced model is not your target, and we're not too thrilled with them either. Enter the new 10-megapixel Sony Cyber-shot DSC-TX1 for $379, an aim-and-forget camera that's loaded with some definite buzz-worthy technology, including a new CMOS sensor, along with the ability to capture great panoramas and quality images in low light. Let's see how this one worked overall in the real world."

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Gigabyte 4890 OC (GV-R489OC-1GD) @ Bjorn3D
"When ATI delivered the 4890 video card they increased the clock speed to a blistering 850MHz. With that increase in clock speed came more heat but little was done to improve the stock reference cooler they used. The cooler was really close to the cooler used on the 4870 which had a much lower clock speed, and even at that clock speed still ran too hot for a lot of enthusiasts."

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Intel i5-750 Socket 1156 Lynnfield Processor Review @ Tweaknews
"Intel knows that most people will spring for the cheaper Lynnfield in most cases and enjoy a big upgrade for little money. It's hard to really point out anything wrong with this processor. It's cheap, its performance for the dollar is unrivaled in the industry and at last allows the consumer to upgrade above a socket 775 system without having to re-mortgage the house."

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CM Storm Sentinel Advance Laser Gaming Mouse @ Benchmark Reviews
"If you have ever looked into buying a powerful gaming or performance computer case, you have heard of Cooler Master. They are a household name in the power computing world. Now they are making a name for themselves with a new division focused on gaming. CM Storm has built up a lot of hype over their new mouse, the CM Storm Sentinel Advance Laser Gaming Mouse. It rocks the gaming mouse arena with a twin Doppler laser and up to 5600 dpi. Benchmark Reviews is bringing you the latest information about the CM Storm Sentinel Advance. A lot of gaming mice have been hitting the market recently, and CM Storm is looking to pull into the forefront with a completely customizable eight button laser mouse."

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Tuesday, September 15, 2009
Microsoft Zune HD vs. Apple iPod Touch @ Digital Trends
"Microsoft has made no attempt to hide which trendy little MP3 player lay in the sights of the recently released Zune HD: Apple's iPod Touch. Apple turned the market upside down when it released the Touch back in 2007, and while Microsoft let its own Zune line languish for two years before responding, the silver bullet Microsoft has finally offered up has clearly been engineered to drop Apple. But will it succeed? With both players in hand, we ran down the key advantages of each to determine which truly makes the ultimate portable video device."

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JVC Everio GZ-HM400 Review @ Digital Trends
"A bunch of new high-end AVCHD camcorders from Canon, JVC and Sony have arrived-or will soon be here in time to record holiday parties. All cost close to a grand but deliver the best video you'll see this side of a quality HDTV. JVC's new Everio GZ-HM400 mirrors many ongoing trends including 1920 x 1080 high bit-rate recording and 32GB of built-in flash memory. It also has a 10.3-megapixel CMOS sensor capable of capturing 9MP stills. As Digitaltrends.com readers know, we're constantly searching for the perfect two-in-one imaging device. Let's see if this new Everio takes the prize."

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Logitech Harmony 900 Review @ Digital Trends
"We heaped a fair amount of praise on Logitech's Harmony 1100 universal remote last April. But the reality is that while that touchscreen device is supremely easy to program and drop-dead sexy to boot, it costs as much as the small HDTV or entry-level A/V receiver you might use it to control."

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SilverStone SUGO SG05 Mini-ITX Case Reviewed in Metku
"Unlike most small SFF-cases which have been designed with mini-ITX motherboards in mind, the SG05 has a relatively large powersupply, 300 W, and it even supports dual-slot graphic cards. This makes it a perfect candidate for someone that wants to build a small setup, which will run most games at decent settings. Another interesting things about this case is that it supports the mini-DTX sized motherboards, from AMDs elusive DTX-formfactor."

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OtterBox Impact Series Sleeve For The iPhone 3GS @ Legit Reviews
"So, you just got your new iPhone 3GS and you need something to cover and protect it. What do you do? That is where Otterbox comes in with a protective skin for the Apple iPhone 3G/3GS. Much like the others in the Otterbox Impact Series this protective case comes well equipped to handle all of the bumps and scrapes that happen on a typical day. With its rubberized texture it insures a solid grip on the phone without losing the iPhone's functionality. A new addition to the package is a protective film to cover the screen. This protective case comes in two colors, white or black, the latter of which we are looking at today..."

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Arctic Cooling PRO/TC 80, 92, 120 mm Fans @ Bjorn3D
"Arctic Cooling has always been a leader in quiet PC cooling devices. By utilizing a completely new innovation Pulse Width Modulation (PWM) Sharing Technology (PST), these fans have the ability to control all of your Arctic Cooling fans and further reduce the noise level of your chassis."

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MSI Wind Top AE2010 Desktop Review @ Benchmark Reviews
"Desktop computers are making a resurgence, and have exploited the compact nature of newer technology to provide the best of both worlds. Netbooks are the popular item for travelers, but they don't get the job done for full time workers and students. Notebooks are nice, and meet halfway, but have their own limits too. Behold the nettop. It's a compact desktop computer with a notebook profile. In this article, Benchmark Reviews tests the MSI Wind Top AE2010-02SUS All-In-One touch screen desktop computer against an Intel Atom-equipped ASUS Eee PC netbook, Core 2 Duo notebook, and NVIDIA ION desktop system."

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Monday, September 14, 2009
Zalman CNPS9900 LED Intel I7 CPU Cooler Review @ Tweaknews
"The Zalman CNPS9900 LED cooler can be summed up rather easily. If you in the market for a good looking and extremely quiet cooler and won't be overclocking and moving you computer around much, then this cooler should be considered."

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Kingston HyperX DDR3 4GB 2133MHz Memory Review @ Legit Reviews
"if you are into overclocking, the Kingston 2133MHz HyperX T1 memory kit (KHX2133C8D3T1K2/4GX) has got you covered. We were able to reach 2200MHz by just upping the base clock of the system. Reaching 2300MHz was as easy as setting primary timings to 9-9-9. With very little tweaking and minor voltage adjustments, we hit 2400MHz! Getting big numbers from this memory was extremely easy. This is by far, the fastest memory I’ve had the pleasure of testing. Sure, you can get higher bandwidth numbers on a Triple Channel X58 system, but in terms of raw MHz I haven’t had anything else that can touch it!"

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Samsung Reclaim Review @ Digital Trends
"Green, or eco-friendly, cellular phones have been around for at least a year, but most of them use 2004-era technology. The Samsung Reclaim is a true smartphone for the green arena though, essentially acting as a low-grade Propel Pro - and, considering its eco-friendliness, doing a surprisingly decent job. Read on to find out more about its nature-friendly features."

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ASUS M4A78-HTPC/RC @ Bjorn3D
"In today’s crowded market it is important to try to make your product stand out in some way. The ASUS M4A78-HTPC/RC on the surface is just another micro-ATX motherboard with the AMD 780G/SB700 chipset but as its name implies there is more to it than that. In fact the ASUS M4A78-HTPC/RC is marketed as the motherboard to use when “Building the Dream Home Theater PC”. With a special mode to keep the system quiet, improved sound as well as the software “Home Theater Gate” it sounds like ASUS might have created the perfect motherboard for us htpc-builders. Keep reading on as we pick this motherboard apart to see if ASUS can back up their claims or if it just falls flat."

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ASUS MARS/2DI/4GD3 Dual GeForce GTX 285 4096 MB @ techPowerUp
"If any graphics card has been hyped in the past months it's the ASUS MARS Dual GTX 285. It is the first and only graphics card featuring two GTX 285 GPUs with 4 GB VRAM. The card is set out to dominate every other card on the market delivering amazing performance - at a breathtaking price of USD 1200 per card."

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Microsoft LifeCam VX-5500 Webcam Review @ Benchmark Reviews
"The LifeCam VX-5500 sits near the top of Microsoft's web cam offerings yet the E4C-00001 kit checks in at a very reasonable price point. It has some great features including noise cancelling, echo cancelling, 1.3MP HD picture quality, and auto-adjustment for low light conditions -all in a compact package clearly directed toward the mobile user. Benchmark Reviews took a look at the VX-5000 a few months ago, now we'll check out the VX-5500 and see if it performs as well as this mobile warrior hopes."

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Sunday, September 13, 2009
Razer Orochi and Kabuto @ techPowerUp
"Razer's two most recent products are put to the test as we examine the performance of the Orochi dual mode gaming mouse and the Kabuto gaming mat. Both of these products are part of Razer's new product line intended for gamers on the move."

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Swiftech Apogee GTZ Core i7 Waterblock Review @ Legit Reviews
"Here is Swiftech’s flagship CPU waterblock, the Apogee GTZ i7. Now if you happen already have an Apogee GTZ for your LGA775 system the GTZ i7 is the same block but with the LGA1366 mounting hardware; speaking of which, you can buy the mounting kit, Apogee-GTZ-Ci7-HD, to transplant the waterblock from your LGA775 system to your LGA1366 system. In all I’m rather impressed with the Apogee GTZ Core i7 CPU water block. Combined with the rest of the cooling system this is the coolest the test bench has run when overclocked or otherwise. Granted, the cost of the overall cooling loop is almost double the cost of the Cooler Master V10, but it is actually quieter..."

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Friday, September 11, 2009
Darkest Of Days @ Bjorn3D
"Darkest Of Days is a type of game that immediately sucks you into the plot, keeps you there, and throws a whole lot of baddies at you. But this game is not like the everyday average FPS, because this time we don't allways have access to the most advanced weaponry known to man kind, instead we have the most advanced weaponry of that time. Then on top of that you fight in some of the most famous battles in history. If you think you gonna just go through this game and be able to just to lay waste the baddies with out a care in the world, well there's another slight twist, you can't kill the guys who have a blue aurora around them, shoot them and it is all over."

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LED Behind the LCD: Understanding LED-Backlit HDTVs @ Digital Trends
"You've heard about LCDs. You've heard about plasmas. Maybe even you even understand all the pros and cons between them. But what are all these"

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Ikonik Ra X10 SIM @ Bjorn3D
"Ikonik is a new player in the game of high quality enthusiast chassis. With companies like Silverstone, Lian-Li, Cooler Master, Gigabyte and Antec overshadowing the market, the name Ikonik may be foreign to even the most up to date chassis enthusiast. Ikonik however, has a group of experienced employees who all have the same goal in mind. A goal to create high quality products that are functional and durable that look good while doing so. Having previously reviewed Ikonik's Ra X10 Liquid, we are familiar with what Ikonik can bring to the table. Sporting the same features as its big brother, we are very anxious to see how this case performs with an air cooled configuration."

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VIA ARTiGO A2000 Barebone Storage Server @ Legit Reviews
"After reviewing all of the benchmarks and taking into consideration the purpose of the ARTiGO A2000, I can say that it has shown itself very well in managing and serving data despite its apparent inadequacies in actually performing CPU or graphics intensive tasks. At $239, this low-power network server seems to run cool, quiet, and stable, while still performing well in a battery of tests that put the strain on its Nano-ITX motherboard and VIA C7-D 1.5 GHz processor. When all was said and done, the ARTiGO A2000 did what it was made for: it provided an excellent solution to network storage..."

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XtremeComputing has posted 2 new reviews 11/09/09
"For this review I will be looking at some hardware from a company that probably needs no introduction as they synonymous with computer memory, they are of course Crucial, now Lexar Crucial. The product under review is some of their newer memory, 2x 1GB sticks of DDR3 1600 Ballistix or to give it its proper"

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NORCO RPC-4020 4U Rackmount Server Case @ Benchmark Reviews
"In this article, Benchmark Reviews will examine the Norco RPC-4020 4U rack mount server case. This case supports twenty data drives, plus a separate OS drive, and slim floppy and optical drives. With the density of hard drives available today that means you can stuff 42 Terabytes worth of data into a case roughly the size of a full-tower desktop case. If you're looking for a high density storage case, you'll be doing yourself a disservice not to check out this case."

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Eagle Arion ET-AR504LR-BK 2.1 Soundstage Speakers W/ Subwoofer Review @ Tweaknews
"For an entry level set of speakers, this offering from Eagle Tech is worthy of being on your short list. Sound quality is commendable for a 2.1 setup in the $50 price range, and the speaker enclosures are even made of wood which is something that isn't so common these days."

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Thursday, September 10, 2009
Epson Stylus NX515 Review @ Digital Trends
"Calling the Epson Stylus NX515 an all-in-one is a bit of stretch, considering it doesn't include a fax machine. On the other hand, not everyone wants or needs to send and receive faxes, and eliminating that feature while retaining a flatbed scanner brings the price of this pretty and relatively capable printer down to just $150. As such, the machine is certainly recommendable, albeit only for certain tasks. Read on for more details on whether or not it fits your needs."

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AMD Shows off 24 Panel Eyefinity on DirectX 11 Graphics Cards @ Legit Reviews
"The back of the PC is what the hardware enthusiast is going to be interested in and the picture above is worth a million bucks. You can clearly see all six of the DisplayPort connections that are lugged into a single expansion slot. This is ATI Eyefinity to the extreme! You are looking at 24 panels and 55 Megapixels of video content coming from one PC that is running multi-GPU technology!"

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The Best Cell Phone Values @ Digital Trends
"When the Motorola Razr first appeared in back in 2004, the angular marvel retailed for $500 from Cingular, and even that was only after a $100 rebate. Business execs swooned over them, celebrities flaunted them, and regular Joes emptied their bank accounts to get them. Little more than a year later, you could get one for free."

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Thermaltake Toughpower XT 850W PSU @ Bjorn3D
"Quad core processors, multiple video cards, and multiple hard drives are common components in computer enthusiasts setups. Providing quality power to these components is not resolved by buying the cheapest, highest rated power supply (PSU) you can find. The proper solution is to find a PSU that is reputable and efficient for your setup. Many PC builders are clouded by the cost of high quality PSUs. Instead of buying a proper PSU, builders will sometimes skimp on the PSU cost to be able to get a faster video card or more components. The fact is, the PSU is the most important piece of hardware in every computer."

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Free Homebrew VoIP with Google Voice and Intel Atom @ Legit Reviews
"To satisfy my performance needs, I am now going to put together a low-power server built around an Intel Atom 230 processor in order to install PiaF natively to get the best performance I can out of my homebrew VoIP solution using Google Voice. With a budget of about $225, this article is going to give step-by-step instructions on how to build your Atom-based server, install and configure PBX in a Flash, and finally configure your Linksys SPA-3102 ATA..."

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Vantec NexStar Vault @ techPowerUp
"In a time when all of our information is going digital there is more of a need for a way to store our information securely. The Vantec NexStar Vault aims to make this data secure by providing the security of a keypad, along with data encryption."

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Corsair X256 CMFSSD-256D1 MLC SSD @ Benchmark Reviews
"The competition among Solid State Drive manufacturers is reminiscent of the video card wars between AMD and NVIDIA a few years ago. The invention of new controller technology has slowed somewhat, while each company races to combine high-speed NAND with custom firmware tweaks to produce the fastest SSD speeds possible. The Indilinx Barefoot controller has exploited a dominant hold over the consumer SSD market during the past several months, and 'overclocked' Solid State Drive products are beginning to replace 'new' product designs. In this article, Benchmark Reviews tests the fastest MLC SSD we've discovered to-date: the 256GB eXtreme-edition Corsair X256 CMFSSD-256D1."

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Wednesday, September 9, 2009
Intel I7-870 Socket 1156 Lynnfield Processor Review @ Tweaknews
"In my opinion, the new Lynnfield Core i7 processors are a very good step in the right direction. Through testing and benchmarking, when compared to a Nehalem system, the new Intel i7-870 packs a lot of punch for the dollar."

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Kerchoonz K-box Review @ Digital Trends
"The iPod and dozens of other digital media players make it easy to take your music anywhere. Playing this music when you arrive, on the other hand, is much more difficult-at least if you intend for more than one person to hear it. You'll need self-amplified speakers at a minimum, and these often require more electrical power than you can squeeze out of a set of batteries. Kerchoonz, a social networking and media streaming service based in Scotland, has come up with a device that promises to solve this problem by effectively transforming any flat surface into a loundspeaker. The end result of our tests? It both does and doesn't, as you'll quickly be chagrined to discover."

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Enjoy Video Anywhere @ Digital Trends
"Nothing beats kicking back in a cushy recliner for taking in last night's episode of Sons of Anarchy, South Park or even all three hours of The Godfather. But with the rise of digital video, home theaters have moved out of the living room to just about anywhere you might care to catch a show: the bedroom, your hotel room on vacation, even the car. And with sites like Hulu, YouTube and Joost, enjoying video digitally no longer entails a lengthy process of DVD ripping or piracy. Video is truly everywhere now, and enjoying it is truly simple. Here's how to get started."

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ABS Canyon 595 @ Bjorn3D
"Every once in awhile, we will see a company that breaks out of the mold and bring something unique and radical. More than often, these radical designs will make news headlines but the concept or the product may never materialize or catches on. Taken BTX, for example, although a good idea, it has never gained enough momentum to become a standard. However, this does not mean that companies have given up trying to reinvent and being creative."

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Intel Core i7-870 Processor Review @ Benchmark Reviews
"When it launched last year, the Core i7 platform redefined Intel's high-end processor segment. Unfortunately, the platform was also accompanied by high-end prices. As such, it has seen only a minimal share of the desktop market. However, Intel has released a new platform that it claims will bring the performance of Nehalem to mainstream price points. Referred to as Lynnfield, the new platform shares its core microarchitecture with the i7-900 series, but introduces a completely new chipset and socket design. This means that not only will we see new processors, but new motherboards as well. Benchmark Reviews has been testing several of these new items and will be covering the launch in detail over the next few days. In this article, we examine the Intel Core i7-870 Quad Core Processor model BX80605I7870."

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Intel Core i5-750 and Core i7-870 Processors @ Legit Reviews
"The Intel Core i5-750 offer the biggest bang for the buck and with a solid motherboard like the ASUS P7P55D Deluxe that we benchmarked on you can easily break the 4GHz mark and then some. We were able to reach over 4.3GHz on the Core i7-870 by only increasing the base clock, which speaks volumes on how easy it has become to overclock right out of the box. It really doesn't need to be overclocked though if you are choosing between the Intel Core i5-750 and the AMD Phenom II 965 BE or 955 BE as the Core i5 easily outperforms the Phenom II. That means AMD would have to cut prices yet again to compete with Intel, if they want to continue out the price war between the two companies..."

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Tuesday, September 8, 2009
ViewSonic VPC100 Review @ Digital Trends
"When considering which PC to buy, the terms"

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Sony VAIO AW Series (VGN-AW180Y/Q) Review @ Digital Trends
"In a world in which computer manufacturers seem to be moving at light speed toward smaller, humbler laptops (see: the netbook phenomenon), it's nice to see at least one vendor throw caution to the wind and deliver a giant rig that is, in effect, a portable home theatre system. Sony's top-of-the-line VAIO sports a mammoth, ultra-wide 18.4-inch display and all of the hardware and accessories necessary to turn it into a mobile entertainment powerhouse. Just be prepared to buy a new carrying case, as this ultra-wide machine will likely split the seams of your existing notebook bag."

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Make the Most of Your DSLR @ Digital Trends
"All right! You've made the commitment and purchased a DSLR. Now that you have your shiny toy, it's time to make the most of your new photographic instrument. And like any instrument, you have to master some skills in order to make it sing-or in this case, take great photographs. Here's some sound advice for any DSLR, from the most affordable to out-of-sight professional models.."

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Intel Core i5 750, Core i7 870 Linux Benchmarks
"Now that we have provided a brief overview of the Intel P55 and how it functions under Linux, our larger area of concentration is looking at the Linux performance of the P55 with the new Core i5 750 and Core i7 870 processors. We have a number of benchmarks in this article along with more information on these Lynnfield processors."

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Intel P55 Chipset Preview On Linux
"Now that we have provided a brief overview of the Intel P55 and how it functions under Linux, our larger area of concentration is looking at the Linux performance of the P55 with the new Core i5 750 and Core i7 870 processors. We have a number of benchmarks in this article along with more information on these Lynnfield processors."

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Gigabyte P55-UD6 and P55M-UD4 Motherboard Reviews @ Legit Reviews
"Today for the P55 launch we have two of Gigabyte's 11 P55 motherboards up for review. The GA-P55-UD6 is their high-end P55 motherboard with every feature known to man crammed onto an ATX motherboard. Ok, maybe not a every feature but close. The GA-P55M-UD4 is their high-end P55 mATX motherboard featuring the vast majority of the options on the GA-P55-UD6 albeit laid out on a compact mATX canvas. The only thing missing on the GA-P55M-UD4 is the TPM security module, the onboard LED debug reader, half(12) of the power phases, and a few expansion slots which might sound like a lot but in reality isn't nearly that much..."

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Intel i7 870 & i5 750 CPUs @ Bjorn3D
"We've been hearing a lot about the new Core i5/i7 CPU's, and generally we like to reserve our opinion until the test results are in. We've benched the Core i5 750 and Core i7 870 extensively. We've added a bevvy of tests to our benchmarking routine and Core i5/i7 LGA 1156 is looking pretty good."

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ThermalTake Element G, T chassis @ Bjorn3D
"Thermaltake has been making chassis for years now. Their products were known to be a go between. They where not quite the worst, but not quite the best. At least up until last year. Thermaltake has been changing this standing when it comes to their chassis."

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Mushkin GeForce GTX 295 Single PCB 1792 MB @ techPowerUp
"Mushkin's GeForce GTX 295 comes in a very stylish wooden box that radiates "premium product" as soon as you have it in your hands. Other than that the card follows NVIDIA's single PCB GTX 295 reference specifications to the letter, but also comes at an attractive price point of $499."

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Intel Core i5-750 LGA1156 Processor Review @ Benchmark Reviews
"When it launched last year, the Core i7 platform redefined Intel's high-end processor segment. Unfortunately, the platform was also accompanied by high-end prices and, as such, has seen only a minimal share of the desktop market. Today, however, Intel is releasing a new platform that it claims will bring the performance of Nehalem to mainstream price points. Referred to as Lynnfield, the new platform shares its core microarchitecture with the i7-900 series, but introduces a completely new chipset and socket design. This means that not only will we see new processors, but new motherboards as well. Benchmark Reviews has been testing several of these new items and will be covering the launch in detail over the next few days. In this article, we examine the Intel Core i5-750 Quad Core Processor."

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Monday, September 7, 2009
Silverstone Grandia Series GD03 HTPC Case review in Metku.net
"SilverStone make a huge variety of HTPC-cases, ranging from the fairly simple cases all the way up to the all-aluminum models, complete with front-panel TFTs. From that variety of shapes and sizes, the newcomer of the Grandia Series, the GD03 made its way to our tests."

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Feser Triebwerk 120mm Fans @ Bjorn3D
"Since water cooling has become more popular amoung us computer users, we need fans that do more then just blow air. These fans need to pull air from the entire surface of facing of the fan (intake). Well we could allways use a radiator fan shroud to help compensate this, but it is just one more thing to purchase, one more thing to add to our radiators to ensure we get the maximum amount of cooling effiency out of our radiators. Another thing to point out, is whats the purpose of going to water cooling if our machines are just as loud as the aircooling we are tring to get rid of."

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ASUS GeForce GTX 285 Matrix Review
"It's OK to arrive fashionably late to a party, as long as you have something to add. ASUS has been offering their MATRIX branded video cards to the public well after the initial buzz has died down, for each GPU launch. The 9800GT and 4870 MATRIXcards were released in 2008, followed by the GTX260 MATRIX in early 2009. ASUS now releases the GTX285 MATRIX featuring the fastest single GPU available, supplied by NVIDIA. Benchmark Reviews looked at the ASUS ENGTX285 TOP back in January, which drew heavily from the NVIDIA reference design. Let's take a closer look at how they've stretched the limits on their latest offering, which is anything BUT a standard design."

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Saturday, September 5, 2009
NVIDIA Ion mini-ITX System Build Guide @ Legit Reviews
"The goal of this article was to show how to build a mini-ITX HTPC system capable of playing Blu-Rays for under $600 in hardware. The end result is a system that can easily play Blu-Ray and other high-definition content with no stutters at all. The mini-ITX form factor is very sleek and the fact that you can cram a system like this into a chassis this small is awesome. Once I got past the size of the form factor, the highlight of the build has to be the power consumption numbers. The highest power consumption that I saw on this mini-ITX system was just 36 Watts at the wall during gaming. It looks like that 60W power supply brick that comes with the Travla C287 mini-ITX chassis will be able to offer plenty of power for the time being..."

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XtremeComputing has posted 2 new reviews 05/09/09
"Today we are looking at Add On's SoundBase G3 a Dolby/DTS ready laptop/notebook pad, that offers 5.1 Dolby sound in a little package aimed at portable users.. Now normally we would dismiss this kind of product as gimmicky as there could be no way a device this size could produce quality sound, but with a few awards already we decided to get one in and see if there is an answer to laptop users sound needs."

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Friday, September 4, 2009
Listen to Music Anywhere @ Digital Trends
"Taking your music with you used to be as easy as popping the cassette out of your home tape player and into your car, boombox, or Walkman. Not so any more. Though the rise of the MP3 has made it possible to download albums in seconds, share them with your friends, and fit millions of songs in a single box, the actual process of getting it from off a desktop hard drive and playing it somewhere else has taken a step backward in simplicity. But that's quickly changing, as a plethora of services and gadgets have sprung up to fill the void. Leave Bon Jovi at home no more. Let's take a look at some of the ways you can get your music off your desktop."

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Tech Etiquette Guide @ Digital Trends
"Say your please and thank yous. Ladies first. The fork goes on the left side of the plate. The rules of manners and etiquette in everyday life are well established, and for most of us, ingrained since childhood. But when BlackBerrys, iPods and laptops enter the equation, things get a little foggier. And everyone has seen people who could use a gentle prod in the right direction: The idiot yammering on his cell phone in a five-star restaurant, the guy on the subway with his headphones around the neck cranked to max, or the oblivious girl gazing into her iPhone while her date across the table looks for the quickest way to make an exit. But it isn't always that easy."

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GCC vs. LLVM-GCC Benchmarks
"Last Friday we published Mac OS X 10.6 benchmarks and then on Monday they were joined by Ubuntu 9.10 vs. Mac OS X 10.6 benchmarks. One of the requests that has come up since publishing those articles are to carry out a set of tests comparing the performance of LLVM and LLVM-GCC. With Apple's Snow Leopard release, some parts of the operating system were built using LLVM-GCC for optimized performance, although this compiler is not yet matured. In this article we have a set of 12 benchmarks comparing GCC to LLVM-GCC."

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Solid State Drive Optimization & Longevity @ Bjorn3D
"With the inherent expense of SSD's recent concerns about longevity and optimization have surfaced. With 1 Million hours MTBF the drives have a pretty good lifespan but if you are interested in longevity and optimizing the drive for maximum performance here's a few tips and tricks you may want to experiment with."

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QNAP TS-219P Dual-Bay Home and SOHO NAS Review @ Tweaknews
"The TS-219P is a great solution for home users who want a full-featured NAS with a compact design and cheaper price tag than some of the larger QNAP NAS units. Two drive bays and the option of single disk, JBOD, or RAID 0/1 configurations will meet the needs of most home and small office users. Additionally, the built in software provides functions well beyond just storage."

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Thursday, September 3, 2009
Sapphire Radeon HD 4890 2GB Vapor-X Video Card Review @ Legit Reviews
"Sapphire does it again, combining the already stellar performance of the ATI Radeon HD 4890 with a top notch cooler and an extra gigabyte of GDDR5 memory, the Radeon HD 4890 2GB Vapor X is a hit in our book. Having owned a pair of Radeon HD 4870 video cards for the last year I've been accustomed to the loud blower noise each time I fire up my PC. With the Vapor X in my machine I have to look for the front LED's because I can't tell if it's on!"

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Digital Cameras: 10 Reasons to Buy A DSLR @ Digital Trends
"Digital single lens reflex (DSLR) cameras are the serious photographer's tool of choice. These units are also a world apart from point-and-shoot digicams, offering far superior performanc although sadly, they do have prices to match. Here are 10 reasons why you should consider investing in one, however - beyond, of course, the fact that it's a better camera that'll take fine pictures for years to come."

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Asus G51VX Review @ Digital Trends
"Asus knows how to do performance. Long before the company's name because synonymous with the explosion in netbooks, it was building top-quality system boards prized by gamers for their reliability, flexibility, and speed. The G51 merges both ends of the company's history by uniting high-end performance from the early years with the budget-oriented approach of the later Eee lines, and wraps it all up in an outrageous, over-the-top package."

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MSI Wind U123-003US Review @ Digital Trends
"People buy netbooks for two reasons: They're extremely portable and they're pretty darned cheap. The MSI Wind U123 satisfies both criteria and throws in a bonus: Incredibly long battery life. We tested battery life by playing (and in this case, by replaying) a movie (Boogie Nights) that we ripped from DVD, encoded to MPEG-4, and copied to the computer's hard drive. It's a good thing we enjoy this movie, because we were able to watch it three times before the Wind's nine-cell Lithium-Ion battery finally petered out. That's right: This little device ran for a hair more than six hours."

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MSI 785GM-E65 @ Bjorn3D
"On August 3rd, 2009, AMD launched 785G and chipset, an updated version of their popular 780G chipset. The 785G is essentially the same 780G with a few upgrades, which makes it an even better chipset for the HTPC user."

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Thermaltake and XtremeComputing Giveaway - 7 prizes @ XtremeComputing
"What we have up for grabs is 2 x Evo Blue 750w Modular PSU's. 3 x DuOrb Extreme Graphic card coolers and 3 x ISGC V320 Silent Graphics card coolers. The winner will receive a PSU and a cooler of their choice with the 2nd place receiving a PSU and 5 runners up winning a cooler picked at random. To enter just answer the questions correctly"

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XFX HD4770 Videocard Review @ Tweaknews
"With times getting tight and the economy shrinking, the computer tweaking community is again in full swing trying to find out how to save money, but still have a good overall computing and gaming experience. Money is tight, yet people still want to freshen up their rig to make it as up to date as their budget will allow."

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Wednesday, September 2, 2009
SilverStone Fortress FT01 All Aluminum Case review in Metku.net
"Based on the design of the Temjin, SilverStone has also released a smaller case - the Fortress FT01. It uses the same unibody aluminum construction as well as the overall looks, but lets see if it can keep up SilverStone's reputation in top quality aluminum cases manufacturer."

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NZXT Cryo S Notebook Cooler
"Back in February we reviewed the NZXT Cryo LX, which was a massive notebook cooler made of aluminum that packed three 120mm fans and support for up to 19"

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GIGABYTE GA-MA785G-UD3H @ Bjorn3D
"By adding 2oz of copper to thier motherboards, using all Japanese solid state capacitors, too utilizing Ferrite core chokes (Ultra Durable 3). Make's GIGABYTE a force to be reconed with when it comes to their motherboards."

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Tuesday, September 1, 2009
Consoles Compared: Sony PlayStation 3 vs. PS3 Slim @ Digital Trends
"So you're ready to take the plunge and buy a PlayStation 3 Slim. Congratulations, at $300, there's never been a better time to buy. But the skeptical consumer can't help but wonder: What's the catch? Is it missing something? In short, the answer is"

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SanDisk Sansa Clip+ Review @ Digital Trends
"After making appeals to moms and tech neophytes everywhere with its ultra-simplistic SlotMusic and SlotRadio players, SanDisk returns to the land of real, full-featured MP3 players with the Sansa Clip+. Like its popular predecessor, the Sansa Clip, the Clip+ runs against the iPod Shuffles of the world with a compact and clippable (duh) profile, but makes an extra play toward practicality with the addition of a microSD slot that allows for expansion by up to 16GB."

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Plextor PX-880SA Review @ Digital Trends
"If you're the type of shopper who insists on buying the absolute fastest components for your computer, you'll be interested to know that Plextor's PX-880SA DVD burner boasts a 24x DVD+/-R burn speed. That means it's capable of writing data to DVD+R and DVD-R media at a blistering rate of 31.68 MB/sec (24 times faster than the very first DVD burners)."

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Hillcrest Labs Loop Pointer Review @ Digital Trends
"Question: How do you point with a circle? Answer: It's a trick question - you can't point with a circle. Fortunately for Hillcrest Labs, designers of the Loop Pointer, you don't actually need to point the device to control the cursor on your home theater PC, PlayStation 3, or Apple TV."

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Sony PlayStation 3 Slim Review @ Digital Trends
"Nearly three years after the introduction of the original budget-busting PlayStation 3, Sony has put both the system and its price tag on a diet. The appropriately named PlayStation 3 Slim shaves over an inch off the width of the previous system while keeping the same processing power intact. Sony also drops the price by $100 from the previous model, and bumps storage up from 80GB to 120GB. But the PlayStation's distinctive piano black shell also disappears, along with the ability to run third-party operating systems. Has Sony cut too deep and turned the caviar of the console world into a tuna fish sandwich? Let's have a closer look and find out."

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Scythe Mugen 2 CPU Cooler Review @ Legit Reviews
"The Mugen 2 features newly developed M.A.P.S. or Multiple Air Pass-Through Structure which allows the cooler to take full advantage of the 120mm Slipstream fan. The Mugen 2 also has the ability to use multiple fans; up to four 120mm fans can be mounted to the Mugen 2. This also helps in mounting the cooler to your favorite CPU socket as you are able to mount the fan on the cooler on any side. To help simplify installation the Mugen 2 comes with a single mounting back plate dubbed F.M.S.B. The Flip Mount Super Back-Plate allows the Mugen 2 to mount to all of today's most popular CPU sockets..."

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Kingston SSDNow V+ 128GB SSD @ Bjorn3D
"SSD technology has evolved at an extremely fast pace and at this point you can get everything from an Entry level drive that runs in the 100MB/s (read) range to the 250MB/s Enthusiast drives. With all the different flavors of drives you almost need a score card to know which drives fall into which category."

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