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Sunday, October 31, 2010
VisionTek Radeon HD 6870 Video Card @ Benchmark Reviews
"Sometimes a product is so good, there's no reason to change a solid working design. VisionTek accepts this practice, and offers consumers the most affordable video cards sold on the market. In this article Benchmark Reviews tests the VisionTek Radeon HD 6870 video card, a $240 DirectX-11 graphics solution that performs better than the more expensive Radeon HD 5850. Graphical frame rate performance is tested using the most demanding PC video game titles and benchmark software available. DirectX-10 favorites such as Crysis Warhead and PCMark Vantage are all included, in addition to DX11 titles such as Aliens vs Predator, Battlefield: Bad Company 2, BattleForge, Lost Planet 2, Mafia II, Metro 2033, and the Unigine Heaven 2.1 benchmark. The VisionTek Radeon HD 6870 is AMD's latest DirectX-11 video card, and uses an updated Cypress back-end to offer 'Barts' GPU architecture. Built to deliver improved performance to the value-hungry mainstream gaming market, the VisionTek 900338 Radeon HD 6870 video card delivers top-end performance at a value-added price point."

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Friday, October 29, 2010
G.Skill Phoenix Pro 120GB SandForce SF-1222 SSD Review @ Legit Reviews
"I can't say that I am at all surprised by the performance of the G.Skill Phoenix Pro drive. As mentioned during some of the benchmark assessments, the configuration of the drive is nearly identical to a number of other drives on the market from its competitors. As such, the expectation of its performance to be on par with its peers was there from the start and we weren't let down. In fact, many of the benchmark numbers were almost exactly what we have seen from the other SandForce drives in the same configuration. Really, these are all pushing the limits of what the SATA II interface is capable of so you can't reasonably expect to see one really outshine the others..."

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ASUS Rampage III Formula ROG @ Bjorn3D
"The ASUS Rampage III Formula supports a stunning 3-way SLI and CrossFireX, making it a dream for any hardcore gamer. The USB 3.0 and SATA 3 is yet another feature that puts this motherboard at the top of the list. What truly makes this motherboard perfect for gaming is ASUS' excellent Gigabit ethernet with ROG GameFirst and SupremeFX audio solution. The Rampage III Formula comes with the newest SupremeFX X-Fi 2 audio solution, something even GIGABYTE failed to incorporate on their high end UD7 and UD9 motherboards. Though the ASUS Rampage III Formula still uses a Realtek chip on their board, ASUS has a close relationship with Creative, and is trying to validate and include the codecs from Creative to get the best possible audio experience for the buyer."

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Razer Lachesis V2 5600 dpi Laser Gaming Mouse @ Benchmark Review
"Razer debuted the original Lachesis 4000 dpi gaming mouse back in 2007. For its day, the Lachesis was one of the most sensitive mice you could buy, although by today's standards that 4000 dpi mark isn't such a big deal. Razer have updated the Lachesis V2 gaming mouse with a new design and new sensor, the 3.5G laser sensor in this new version supports up to 5600 dpi and the Lachesis has customizable lighting for both the wheel and the logo, which can be set to individual colors dependant on your preference. The Lachesis gaming mouse also features nine programmable buttons with 1000Hz ultrapolling for a 1ms response time. Benchmark Reviews will now put the Razer Lachesis V2 5600 dpi gaming mouse through its paces and report back with our findings for you."

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Thursday, October 28, 2010
HIS Radeon HD 6870 Turbo 1 GB @ techPowerUp
"The HIS Radeon HD 6870 Turbo is a factory overclocked variant of the HD 6870 that builds heavily on the AMD reference design. This means that PCB, components and cooler are unchanged from the original AMD card - which is a good thing. The increased clock speeds give the card a 4% performance advantage."

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Prolimatech Super Mega CPU Cooler Review @ Legit Reviews
"Prior to this review I had never used a Prolimatech cooler. I have had heard many things, all good, about the Megahalems coolers, so I went into this review with some pretty high expectations. I was not disappointed in any way. Everything about the Super Mega is top notch. It is a solidly built cooler that performs very well. All the parts and accessories are very nice and I think the mounting system is the biggest and beefiest I have seen to date..."

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Rosewill Armor Mid Tower PC Case Review @ Legit Reviews
"The Rosewill Armor is a very nice case, in my opinion. I honestly thought a case that's 80% mesh might be a tad flimsy, but that wasn't the story here. It was pretty sturdy and the craftsmanship is top quality, too. While a case of this size may not house the biggest and baddest hardware, it can house a good amount of products out there. It's got a great look with some great features that will put it up against the likes of the Cooler Master HAF 922..."

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Samsung PX2370 LED Monitor Review @ Tweaknews
"The Samsung SyncMaster PX2370 LED Monitor is definitely small step up from the BX2350 in terms of styling, brightness and contrast. The mystery is that at this given time, they are technically the same price which means there are less people selling the BX2350 and thus, less competition, or Samsung is putting the PX2370 out in higher volumes which will lower the price as well."

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DeepCool Gamer Storm CPU Cooler Review @ ThinkComputers.org
"“Today we get the chance to check out a new product from a new company. The company is DeepCool and the product is the Gamer Storm CPU Cooler. As you can probably expect from the name, DeepCool offers a wide variety of cooling products, with a main focus on CPU coolers. The Gamer Storm is their most expensive CPU cooler, features an elegant packaging and product along with plenty of features. How well will this cooler perform with others we’ve tested? Read on further to find out."

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ASUS GeForce GT 430 Overclocking Performance @ Benchmark Reviews
"When the GT 430 platform was released in desktop cards, Benchmark Reviews brought you a review of the performance of the ASUS ENGT430. The GF108 Fermi GPU was released by NVIDIA to provide a new set of media GPUs capable of providing excellent quality movie and video playback, as well as the possibility of watching and enjoying 3D media. Our review of the ASUS ENGT430 showed that it could also play most mainstream games, and some more advanced games with the settings turned down really low. In this article, Benchmark Reviews returns the ASUS ENGT430 to bring you a little more information about this new card. We will be taking a look specifically at temperatures, power consumption, and overclocking, as well as looking a little closer at the ENGT430."

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Wednesday, October 27, 2010
beyerdynamic MMX 300 Headset @ techPowerUp
"Beyerdynamic known for their high end headphones have now released a gaming headset. This headset is priced at a record €299/$299 so the stakes are high."

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Gigabyte GeForce GTX 470 Super Overclock Edition Video Card Review @ Legit Reviews
"Last week when we took a look at the EVGA GeForce GTX 470 Hydro Copper FTW I was impressed with the GeForce GTX 470 series. Quite possibly because it is an overclocked version it was able to have a leg up on the HIS Radeon HD 5870. Today, I am even more impressed with the GIGABYTE GeForce GTX 470 Super Overclock Edition. One of the reasons is the price to performance ratio. Last week the EVGA GeForce GTX 470 Hydro Copper could be found for $459.99 at EVGA.com. Today we can find the GIGABYTE GeForce GTX 470 Super Overclock Edition for only $279.99 plus $3.99 shipping at newegg.com. At the end of last week there was a bit of a price war between AMD and NVIDIA which caused a drop in several of the NVIDIA GeForce series cards..."

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Intel Core i7 970 Gulftown On Linux
"Intel will be introducing their first Sandy Bridge CPUs in the coming months, which we already know has Linux graphics support well underway, but for now the top-end Intel desktop processors are the Gulftown CPUs that were introduced earlier this year. The Gulftown CPUs boast six physical processing cores with Hyper Threading to put the total thread count per CPU at 12. Besides putting 12 processing threads at your disposal, these CPUs are built upon the 32nm die shrink of Nehalem and boast 12MB of L3 cache. The first Gulftown desktop product to launch was the Intel Core i7 980X, which was quickly followed by the Core i7 970, and we now finally have the chance to test out this incredibly fast but expensive processor under Linux."

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FW: Thermaltake Armor A60 Enclosure Review @ XtremeComputing
"ThermalTake have been a well known brand for as far as I can remember - they were certainly around when I built my first PC (about 7 years ago). They have a strong presence in the marketplace, and generally try to satisfy customer need at all levels (basic, mid-range, enthusiast etc). Today I will be reviewing their Armor A60 mid-tower case."

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BitFenix Colossus Full Tower Case Review @ ThinkComputers.org
"“I’ve been reviewing computer hardware for quite some time now and it is safe to say I’ve seen my fair share of cases. When it comes to purchasing a case most people go with the big players; Thermaltake, Antec, Cooler Master etc. It is not often we have a new company come into the case market and impress us. Well today is that day and BitFenix is the company. The case in question is their Colossus Full Tower case, which features a very unique lighting design, USB 3.0 ports, great cooling, tons of room inside and much more. Read on to check out this truly unique case."

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Thermaltake Armor A60 Enclosure Review @ XtremeComputing
"ThermalTake have been a well known brand for as far as I can remember - they were certainly around when I built my first PC (about 7 years ago). They have a strong presence in the marketplace, and generally try to satisfy customer need at all levels (basic, mid-range, enthusiast etc). Today I will be reviewing their Armor A60 mid-tower case."

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BitFenix Colossus E-ATX Computer Case @ Benchmark Reviews
"BitFenix is very much a newcomer to the saturated market of computer cases. They are looking to get their foot in the door, and make a big name for themselves. With the introduction of the Colossus case, it is clear they intend to make a very large impression on the market. As the name implies, this large tower form factor case is almost two full feet tall and deep, so you know it lives up to the name Colossus. Benchmark Reviews has been given the opportunity to take a look at the Colossus. With advertised features such as a security-minded top storage/access panel, unique exterior LED lighting system, and massive cooling capabilities, this case has much promise to be a great debut for BitFenix as a company. Will it live up to the Colossus name, and up to Benchmark Reviews' standards? Read the full review to find out!"

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Tuesday, October 26, 2010
Antec Lanboy Air Case Review @ Tweaknews
"After getting my first look at Antec's LanBoy Air chassis almost a year ago, I've been hoping to get my hands on one for review. Having examined it for the past couple of weeks, I'm not in the least disappointed. With a rich and innovative feature set, superb cooling, almost limitless configuration options and an intelligent overall design scheme, the LanBoy Air pushes the envelope of PC chassis evolution."

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NZXT Phantom & Hale90 650W @ techPowerUp
"The NZXT Phantom is the first truly brand-new case from the company in a very long time. It looks great, comes in multiple colors and packs a long list of useful and well balanced features. We take a look at the white version along with the white Hale90, the first 80Plus Gold certified PSU from NZXT and end up quite impressed by both products."

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NVIDIA GT 425M: Windows 7 Ultimate vs. Ubuntu 10.10
"Back in August we looked at the gaming performance between Windows 7 and Ubuntu 10.04 using a Lenovo ThinkPad W510, and the results were not too dramatic, but since then there has been a new release of Ubuntu (the 10.10 Maverick Meerkat) and new graphics hardware has been released. After receiving an ASRock Vision 3D system recently, which will soon be reviewed at Phoronix, we decided to compare its performance of the brand new GeForce GT 425M graphics processor under Microsoft Windows 7 Ultimate x64 and Ubuntu 10.10 x86_64."

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Warpia Wireless USB PC to TV Audio / Video Display Adapter Review @ ThinkComputers.org
"“Have you ever been watching something on your laptop and thought, “Hey this would be awesome if I could watch this on my TV”. Well many people spend a lot of money on home theater PC systems when all they need is a simple device that we are reviewing today. The Warpia Wireless USB PC to TV Audio / Video Display Adapter allows you to easily stream what you are viewing on your laptop or PC to any TV or projector. Let’s check it out and see if it’s worth getting over a HTPC system."

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Sapphire Radeon HD 6850 Video Card Review @ Benchmark Reviews
"In this article Benchmark Reviews tests the Sapphire 100315L Radeon HD 6850 video card, a 960 shader core DirectX-11 graphics solution that competes at the $180 price point with the 768MB NVIDIA GeForce GTX 460 video card and the Radeon HD 5830/5770 to a lesser extent. Graphical frame rate performance is tested using the most demanding PC video game titles and benchmark software available. DirectX-10 favorites such as Crysis Warhead, Battlefield: Bad Company 2, and PCMark Vantage are all included, in addition to DX11 titles such as Aliens vs Predator, BattleForge, Lost Planet 2, Mafia II, Metro 2033, and the Unigine Heaven 2.1 benchmark. The Radeon HD 6850 is AMD's latest DirectX-11 video card, and uses an updated Cypress back-end to offer 'Barts' GPU architecture. Built to deliver improved performance to the value-hungry mainstream gaming market, the Radeon HD 6850 video card supplements the 5800-series counterparts."

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Monday, October 25, 2010
BlizzBabes - Booth Babes and Cosplay Sweethearts at BlizzCon 2010 @ Legit Reviews
"Well, BlizzCon 2010 has come and gone and our ears are still ringing from the Tenacious D concert on Saturday night. Blizzard announced a bunch of new and exciting news during this two-day festival and if you love Warcraft, StarCraft, or Diablo you will no doubt take something positive away from Anaheim. Others really don't care which race in StarCraft was"

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Kingston H2O 2133MHz 4GB Dual-Channel Memory Kit @ Bjorn3D
"Higher memory speed is always an advantage when it comes to getting the most out of memory intensive applications such as video editing and compositing applications, 3D designing software, or even video games. Users working with overclocking also find a high demand for fast memory and try to push their kits even further than stock settings. To ensure that the memory is stable during high frequencies, there also needs to be a good cooling solution present. This is why Kingston decided to implement a water cooling solution on their new dual-channel HyperX H2O DDR3 4GB 2133MHz KHX2133C9AD3W1K2/4GX memory kit."

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G.Skill Ripjaws DDR3-1600 8GB Dual Channel Memory Kit Review @ ThinkComputers.org
"“We are here to yet again do a review on another DDR3 dual channel memory kit. With the standards basically being for DDR3 kits to be 1600Mhz. They are widely used on the AMD AM3 platform to Intel 1156 and 1366 setups as well. DDR3 kits range everywhere from 1066Mhz to the 2500Mhz. When DDR3 1600MHz was coming around to be one of the most popular memory kits, the G.Skill Ripjaws where the best value for the offering. Now today a few months later we are here to put them to the test."

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Sunday, October 24, 2010
AMD Radeon HD 6870 Video Card Review @ Benchmark Reviews
"In this article Benchmark Reviews tests the AMD Radeon HD 6870 video card, a DirectX-11 graphics solution that doesn't really have direct competition at the $250 price point but costs less and still performs better than the Radeon HD 5850. Graphical frame rate performance is tested using the most demanding PC video game titles and benchmark software available. DirectX-10 favorites such as Crysis Warhead, Battlefield: Bad Company 2, and PCMark Vantage are all included, in addition to DX11 titles such as Aliens vs Predator, BattleForge, Lost Planet 2, Mafia II, Metro 2033, and the Unigine Heaven 2.1 benchmark. The Radeon HD 6870 is AMD's latest DirectX-11 video card, and uses an updated Cypress back-end to offer 'Barts' GPU architecture. Built to deliver improved performance to the value-hungry mainstream gaming market, the Radeon HD 6870 video card supplements the 5800-series counterparts."

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BlizzCon 2010 - Final Day Coverage @ Legit Reviews
"As Tenacious D settled up on stage, a familiar face graced us and proceeded to get set up behind the drum kit. That familiar face was none other that the great Dave Grohl of the Foo Fighters. The D rocked all of their classics and added a few new songs, such as Death Star, to the mix. The crowd was really into it and there wasn’t a person sitting in the audience as far as I can tell. The pit area that was sectioned off for people to standing was directly in front of the stage and was packed. The staff had to keep turning people away because there was absolutely zero room left to fit anyone else in it. Jack Black commented on how large and awesome the crowd was and claimed to be sincere in his comments. Nothing rocks like Blizzcon!!"

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Antec LanBoy Air System Enclosure reviewed in Metku.net
"Every now and then an enclosure manufacturer tries something entirely new, and this time the manufacturer is Antec with their new LanBoy Air case. The Air is all about modularity and customization and is unlike anything we've tested before."

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Friday, October 22, 2010
SilverStone Precision PS05B
"Most people would agree that SilverStone cases are great. In fact, many of our most favorite computer cases over the past five years have come from SilverStone Technology, including the very wonderful Temjin TJ10, the incredibly small Sugo, Raven RV02, and most recently the Fortress FT02, among others. The only issue that most computer enthusiasts and system builders gripe with regarding SilverStone enclosures is their price-tag, which usually don't come cheap. For example, the TJ10 that has been on the market now for some three years still sells for nearly $300 USD. While those cases are often worth the price, one of the newest ATX cases from this seven-year-old manufacturer sells for just $50 USD, so we decided to check it out. In this review, we are exploring the SilverStone Precision PS05B."

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Sapphire Radeon HD 6850 1GB Video Card Review @ ThinkComputers.org
"“AMD’s 6800 Series cards are finally here! If you have been following the news over the past couple of weeks you know that today AMD will be launching the HD 6870 and HD 6850 graphics cards. These new cards are in no way a replacement for AMD’s 5800 Series of cards, but more or less a refresh. They are still built on 40nm, but it seems AMD has focused more on efficiency and some other refinements. With this refresh AMD hope to put themselves back in the graphics lead if they are not there already. Today we will be looking at the HD 6850 from our friends at Sapphire. This card features a clock speed of 775MHz for the core and 1000MHz for the memory. Let’s check it out!"

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Thursday, October 21, 2010
AMD Radeon HD 6850 Barts Video Card @ Benchmark Reviews
"In this article Benchmark Reviews tests the AMD Radeon HD 6850 video card, a DirectX-11 graphics solution that competes at the $200 price point with the 768MB NVIDIA GeForce GTX 460 video card. Graphical frame rate performance is tested using the most demanding PC video game titles and benchmark software available. DirectX-10 favorites such as Crysis Warhead, Battlefield: Bad Company 2, and PCMark Vantage are all included, in addition to DX11 titles such as Aliens vs Predator, BattleForge, Lost Planet 2, Mafia II, Metro 2033, and the Unigine Heaven 2.1 benchmark. The Radeon HD 6850 is AMD's latest DirectX-11 video card, and uses an updated Cypress back-end to offer 'Barts' GPU architecture. Built to deliver improved performance to the value-hungry mainstream gaming market, the Radeon HD 6850 video card supplements the 5800-series counterparts."

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AMD Radeon HD 6850 CrossFire @ techPowerUp
"AMD's new Radeon HD 6850 is priced at an extremely affordable $179. This poses the question whether two cards in CrossFire can manage to claim the price/performance sweet spot in the $360 segment or if other alternatives are better."

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ASUS Radeon HD 6870 CrossFire @ techPowerUp
"In this review we will put the dual card CrossFire configuration of the AMD Radeon HD 6870 in the spotlight. It promises higher performance than a Radeon HD 5970 at only a fraction of the price. But is this enough to make CF a recommendation?"

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HIS Radeon HD 6850 1 GB @ techPowerUp
"AMD's new Radeon HD 6850 comes at an extremely affordable $179 price point. This poses the question whether it can become the new weapon of choice for budget oriented gamers. In our testing we see excellent performance which enables full HD resolution gaming in DirectX 11."

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ASUS Radeon HD 6850 Direct CU 1 GB @ techPowerUp
"The new ASUS Radeon HD 6850 Direct CU aims to be the king of the sub-$200 segment. It offers plenty of performance for the latest DirectX 11 titles, overclocks very well and comes with improvements to the display output configuration. Instead of an AMD reference heatsink the card uses an ASUS Direct Touch heatpipe solution."

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HIS Radeon HD6870 @ Bjorn3D
"The Radeon HD6870 is the newest GPU from AMD. Even though the name suggests it is a replacement for the HD5870, the HD6870 is actually a mid-range card which has performance similar to the HD5850, albeit at a lower price, and with some new cool features attached."

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HIS Radeon HD 6870 1 GB @ techPowerUp
"Today AMD released their new Radeon HD 6870. The card brings new features like HDMI 1.4 and DisplayPort 1.2 which allow up to six displays to be connected to a single card. Performance has also been substantially increased and power draw reduced. But is this enough to defeat NVIDIA's latest offerings ?"

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Sapphire HD 6850 @ Bjorn3D
"A year has passed since the world saw the first DirectX 11 cards. AMD's first DX11 card, the HD5870 (codenamed Cypress), was introduced on September 2009. The card held the top spot for almost six months, until Nvidia released the GTX 480. Like CPUs, graphics cards often go through a cycle that mimics Moore’s Law. Every 12 to 18 months, it is expected that a new generation of cards will arrive on the market. Every three to five years, we expect to see a major architecture update. So it’s no surprise that a year after the first DirectX 11 card came out, AMD is releasing the next generation of graphics cards."

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AMD HD6850 and HD6870 @ Bjorn3D
"As the leaves start falling here in Sweden, AMD is once again releasing its fall-collection of GPU’s. The GPU’s we will look at today are the HD6850 and HD6870, codenamed “Bart XT” and 'Bart pro' from the 'Norther Island' series. The names suggest that these are replacements for the HD5850 and HD5870, but this isn’t actually the case. AMD changed their numbering scheme, and the HD68xx GPUs are mid-range cards instead of enthusiast-level cards. The enthusiasts will have to wait until November when the full range of HD69xx cards, codenamed “Cayman”, comes out. The HD69xx will replace the HD5870 and HD5970 as the enthusiasts' choice."

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AMD Radeon HD 6850 and 6870 CrossFire Video Card Review @ Legit Reviews
"The AMD Radeon HD 6870 and Radeon HD 6850 proved to be two very solid performing mainstream video cards from what we saw in our initial testing with them. These cards are officially AMD's second generation DirectX 11 video card series, which is impressive as NVIDIA still has not released all of their first generation cards yet. When AMD designed the Radeon HD 6800 'Barts' series of GPUs they wanted to have Radeon HD 5800-class performance, but optimize the GPU to lower power use and the price tag. The cards do in fact have Radeon HD 5800-class performance in general and we saw much better power efficiency from the cards. This was done by lower the transistor count from 2.15 billion to 1.7 billion and as a result the die size went from 334mm2 to just 255mm2. Since both the Radeon HD 5800 and 6800 series are built by TSMC on the 40nm process we can see that AMD really cleaned things up inside the core and tuned this GPU for efficiency..."

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Logitech Wireless Gaming Mouse G700 reviewed in Metku.net
"The autumn has brought plenty of mice to our lab for a review, and this time it was the Logitech's newcomer that got its turn on the spotlight - the G700 Wireless Gaming Mouse."

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Zalman ZM-MH200 U3 Dual Hard Drive Docking Station Review @ Tweaknews
"With the ZM-MH200 U3, Zalman successfully combines the convenience of a hard drive dock with the usefulness of RAID. All it takes is the flip of some dip switches and you have an instant JBOD, RAID 0, or RAID 1 array that is accessible externally."

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The Performance Impact Of Ubuntu's Wubi Windows Installer
"Being developed since 2007 and integrated in Ubuntu since 2008 with their Ubuntu 8.04 LTS release has been Wubi, the Windows-based Ubuntu Installer. While most Linux users tend to install Ubuntu using the LiveCD or the alternate CD installer, by using Wubi you can setup a full desktop from within Microsoft Windows. Wubi places Ubuntu into a disk image still residing on the Windows partition, thereby making it easy to install and remove without risking any problems of messing up your drive's partitions. While Wubi may lower the barrier for entry to trying out an Ubuntu Linux desktop, it does not come without some performance penalties associated to using the loop-mounted device stored on the Microsoft file-system."

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EVGA GeForce GTS 450 FTW Video Card @ Benchmark Reviews
"With the launch of AMD's next generation of graphics cards looming, most everyone's eyes are on the upcoming HD 6000 series. Today, however, we turn our attention to the NVIDIA camp. While it's still unclear what NVIDIA is preparing in response to this new generation, it's worth pointing out the GTS 450 is just barely a month old. As we witnessed in our last GTS 450 review, the overclocked variants can easily keep up with the HD 5770 and will still have a role to play in the mainstream segment for the foreseeable future. In this article, Benchmark Reviews looks at EVGA's fastest GTS 450: the GTS 450 FTW."

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Wednesday, October 20, 2010
MSI Geforce GTX 480 Lightning 1536 MB @ techPowerUp
"MSI's GeForce GTX 480 Lightning promises to be an overclocker's dream. It is build around a completely redesigned PCB and thermal solution with overclockers in mind. The card offers unique features like control for up to three voltages, dual BIOS with liquid nitrogen support and easy to reach voltage measurement points."

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How Linux Benchmarking Will Change With Iveland & OpenBenchmarking.org
"Phoronix Test Suite 3.0 (codenamed"

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Azza Hurrican 2000 Full Tower PC Case Review @ Legit Reviews
"I like the Azza Hurrican 2000. It's got a nice look with quality craftsmanship. Frankly, there aren't too many bad things I can really say about this case. It's got a lot of room to work with, an all black exterior and interior (which I do like in cases these days). The price point is fantastic at $129.99 over at Newegg and with their mail in rebate going on at the moment, it's an even sweeter deal at $94.99. Couple that with the one year warranty it's equipped with, you now have a harder choice between..."

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GlacialTech Alaska CPU Cooler Review @ ThinkComputers.org
"“GlacialTech is known for their CPU coolers and other cooling products. They have recently released one of their latest coolers, the GlacialTech Alaska, which we have to review today. Packed with six, 6mm nickel coated heatpipes, fins with breathing effect, and multi-platform support, this cooler is sure to pack a punch. Read on further to see how well it performs in our tests and if it really fits up to par."

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Tuesday, October 19, 2010
Cooler Master Elite 370 Computer Case Review @ Tweaknews
"The Cooler Master Elite 370 allows the budget-minded PC enthusiast to get a nice looking mid-tower case from a major manufacturer for around $50 US. It is, as one might expect, a bit of a mixed bag. It has great looks with a shiny bezel and smoky bay covers, lots of fan placements, a roomy interior and a few tool-free features."

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Western Digital 3TB Caviar Green Hard Drive Review @ Legit Reviews
"The Western Digital Caviar Green 3TB hard drive is a welcomed addition to the market as 3TB drives have been a long time coming. Our testing showed that the Caviar Green 3TB drive had decent performance as we saw it peak at roughly 128MB/s read and 107MB/s write in the benchmark ATTO. No doubt about it, other hard drives are faster, but that is not the point of this drive. Remember, this drive features four 750GB platters, 64 MB cache, and a SATA II 3.0Gbps interface. This drive is clearly aimed at mass storage and once we got it installed on our system we were able to get it up and running without and issues. We heard rumors that 3TB drives would run extremely hot, but during benchmarking we never noticed that it got over 37C and it normally idled at around 33-34C on the test bench. Not only was it cool, but it also was nearly silent as WD rates the drive up to 29dBA and we have cooling fans in our system that run louder than that..."

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Thermaltake Armor A60 @ techPowerUp
"The Armor A60 is a smaller version of the popular Armor A90. It retains the cool and edgy look of the larger brother, but also offers a few new and interesting features and updates. We throw everything we have at the case to see if the Armor A60 remains standing once the dust has settled."

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ASRock P55 Extreme4 Motherboard Review @ ThinkComputers.org
"“Welcome, we are going to take a look at The ASRock P55 Extreme4 today. The ASRock P55 is one of the only few high-end motherboards you can buy on the market today. Many of you probably didn’t know that ASRock is a side project of ASUS which was made to compete with Foxconn and ECS motherboards back in 2002, when in 2007 they busted into the market to make higher-end entry boards. Today we will be testing the ASRock P55 Extreme4, one of ASRock’s new motherboards aimed to compete with the big boys in the P55 market. The ASRock is loaded with a ton of features from SATA 3 to USB 3.0 along with much more. So please read on and enjoy as we take a journey through ASRock’s new motherboard."

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AMD Radeon HD 6850 and 6870 Video Card Preview @ Legit Reviews
"A little over a year ago, AMD released the ATI Radeon HD 5000 family of graphics products and by doing so, AMD became the first company to offer DirectX 11 compatibility when Windows 7 was launched. This was a big deal and over the past year AMD has successfully released eleven video cards in the Radeon HD 5000 series and sold more than 25 million DX11 video cards. What is really interesting is that NVIDIA is still releasing more cards in their GeForce 400 series of products. NVIDIA has just five DirectX 11 cards released and the company still does not have a solid top-to-bottom DirectX 11 product stack like AMD does. AMD on the other hand is going to be releasing their next generation of GPUs, the AMD Radeon HD 6800 Graphics Series later this week. The first two cards that will be released will be the AMD Radeon HD 6870 and AMD Radeon HD 6850 graphics cards. Unlike in past years AMD won't be starting with their flagship video cards, but rather a pair of cards that are positioned in the “Gamers’ Sweet Spot” as they like to call it."

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Monday, October 18, 2010
AMD Shows 32nm Fusion Llano APUs Running AvP @ Legit Reviews
"AMD invited Legit Reviews to get some personal time with their Llano platform and also invited use to a private showing of this platform. We were not told any specific clock frequencies or model numbers, but were shown the full length demo scene from of Aliens Versus Predator. We found that it was running rather smoothly with DX11 setting enabled at a screen resolution of 1280x1024. From the image above you can see the development board did not have any discrete PCIe video cards being run, so all this was being done on just the processor. It is our understanding that you will be able to run ATI CrossFire on these new Fusion APU's, but AMD has not confirmed or denied that rumor yet..."

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Zalman CNPS 9900 Max CPU Cooler Review @ Tweaknews
"With the CNPS 9900 MAX cooler, Zalman gives the PC enthusiast a CPU cooler with top performance that doesn't require a couple of loud fans to do its job. It looks great, too. Available with either a red or blue LED fan, the MAX emits a subtle glow that will enhance the appearance of your windowed case, playing well with the black pearl nickel plating."

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EVGA GeForce GTX 470 Hydro Copper FTW Video Card Review @ Legit Reviews
"In four of our six games the EVGA GeForce GTX 470 Hydro Copper was the card to beat. The most impressive showing for the EVGA GeForce GTX 470 Hydro Copper was Metro 2033. The EVGA GeForce GTX 470 Hydro Copper FTW was able to double the performance of the HIS Radeon HD 5870 at 1280x1024 and was 62% faster at 1920x1080. In the Aliens Vs. Predator benchmark and S.T.A.L.K.E.R.: Call of Pripyat the EVGA GeForce GTX 470 was only slightly behind the HIS Radeon HD 5870..."

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Crucial RealSSD C300 128 GB SATA 6 Gb/s @ techPowerUp
"Crucial's ReadSSD C300 is the first solid state drive to support the new SATA 6 Gb/s standard. Unlike many of the competition, the drive is not based on a Sandforce controller, but uses one from Marvell instead. We tested both on SATA-II and SATA 6 Gb/s to check if the new interface can really make a difference."

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Sunday, October 17, 2010
ECS P55H-AK Intel P55 Motherboard Review @ Benchmark Reviews
"It is common knowledge that today's Intel Core i5 and i7 series of LGA 1156 CPU's are capable of achieving the 4GHz milestone. You should also know that to push past that milestone, and remain stable, you will need a high end motherboard designed specifically for that task. ECS ELITEGROUP have been around for many years but have never really been seen as an enthusiast brand. That may be about to change today, as Benchmark Reviews brings you the ECS P55H-AK Motherboard (P/N 89-206-Y66100), which is part of the Black Series offerings from ECS. As is the norm at Benchmark Reviews, we overclock the ECS P55H-AK to its limits and find out just what it is capable of achieving."

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SilverStone Strider Plus ST1000-P 1000W PSU Preview @ XtremeComputing
"In today's preview we will be looking at as the title suggests Silverstone's Strider 1000W Plus modular PSU, the strider series has already proven itself to us with some solid rails as well as a decent modular system over the years Now with demands for more power from end users the latest incarnation of the Strider (ST-1000-P) will suit most needs and from my experience with the previous Strider 1000w model (ST-1000W) This has a lot to live up to.."

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The Livio Carmen - Internet Radio for Your Car or Boat @ Legit Reviews
"The Carmen is specifically designed to grab programming (music, podcasts, etc) from the internet, record it, and play it back in your car wireless through your stereo. It’s designed to be easy to use with either a Mac or a PC and all you need to do to use it is plug it in, record your favorite station and then plug it into your car’s 12-volt socket. Livio – through RadioTime – has over 42,000 stations from around the world available from around the world that you can choose to record from..."

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Saturday, October 16, 2010
Win a Complete Crucial Memory Upgrade @ Legit Reviews
"Crucial Memory and Legit Reviews are joining forces to give two of our fans a complete Crucial.com memory upgrade simply by “liking” both Crucial Memory and Legit Reviews on Facebook! One person on each of our fan pages will be selected to win. Be sure to check out the rules for this drawing and enter if you'd like a chance to win an SSD and some computer memory!"

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Friday, October 15, 2010
Lenovo ThinkPad W510 Notebook
"Since July we have been testing a Lenovo ThinkPad W510 notebook under Linux and have already published a variety of Linux benchmarks. This Lenovo notebook boasts an Intel Core i7 720QM CPU, 4GB of system memory, a 320GB SATA HDD, and NVIDIA Quadro FX880M graphics. In this review we are taking a closer look at the ThinkPad W510 notebook and have more Ubuntu Linux benchmarks comparing its performance to the ZaReason Verix and an older ThinkPad T61."

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EVGA Classified Super Record 2 SR-2 Motherboard Review @ Legit Reviews
"The EVGA Classified SR-2 is the heart and soul for the biggest, baddest system you can build today. While gaming and single threaded tasks don't see much of a benefit from adding a second processor, CPU intensive multi-tasking, rendering, and heavily threaded loads see a massive improvement. Set this beast to work converting your DVD collection to your desired format in a program such as Handbrake and it'll chew through it in short order. Benchmarks like 3D Mark and PC Mark have built in tests to bring the CPU to its knees, but the SR-2 chugs on like it's nothing. Folding@home performance is through the roof..."

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Kingston SD10A/64GB SDXC Memory Card @ Bjorn3D
"Compact storage media is a must-have for cameras, camcorders, MP3 players, smart phones and other such devices. With the rise of HD cameras and camcorders, users find themselves able to take high resolution pictures, or record their favorite moments at higher bit rates. As a result, we also require more storage space to store all of this information. While SDHC cards are capable of storing data from 4GB to 32GB at acceptable transfer speeds, some are anxious to acquire even higher capacity cards that will allow them to store more data at an even faster transfer rate. With the introduction of SDXC memory cards, this is no longer a problem."

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Thursday, October 14, 2010
Lian Li PC-Q06 Mini-ITX / ATX Test Bench Review @ ThinkComputers.org
"“We have seen quite a few different test benches over the years here at ThinkComputers. Some have been awesome and some have been downright garbage. A test bench is essentially a computer case or housing that has your motherboard on top or in an accessible area for easy swapping of parts. Test benches are perfect for reviewers like us or people who are constantly changing out their hardware. Recently Lian Li has come out with quite a few test benches, today we will be looking at the PC-Q06, which fits Mini-ITX and ATX motherboards. Let’s take a look…"

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Western Digital Livewire Powerline Networking Kit reviewed in Metku.net
"Western Digital has now released a product based on the HomePlug AV specification - WD Livewire. The idea here is to move the data stream to flow inside the live powerlines within the walls."

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Sunrise AS-Charm Earbuds @ techPowerUp
"Sunrise audio, a relative newcomer on the headphone scene just released some neat earbuds. Today we take a look at their high end offering namely the AS-Charm earbuds. They retail at around $80 which promises excellent price/ performance ratio."

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Arctic M551 and M571 gaming mice Review @ XtremeComputing
"Arctic Cooling, a company well known and respected for quiet cooling gear have decided to branch out in the products they offer, and have sent us two of their latest additions to their product line in the M551 and M571 gaming mice. So that is what we are reviewing today."

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Wednesday, October 13, 2010
G.Skill Phoenix Pro 40GB Solid State Drive Review @ ThinkComputers.org
"“Solid State drives are still quite expensive for most people, especially at higher capacities. The price most manufactures are shooting for is $100. This is really had to do especially with SandForce drives. Today we will be taking a look at a 40GB drive from G.Skill, which is really close to that price-point at $119.99 at my favorite online retailer. This drive is designed to get solid state drives in the hands of consumers and to also offer great performance. The 40GB size is still more than enough room for a boot drive and is the perfect size for a netbook! Let’s take a look and see just how much performance you are getting for that low price!"

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Colorful iGame GTX 460 1 GB @ techPowerUp
"Colorful's iGame GTX 460 uses a massive triple slot cooler with two fans to keep the card cool. It also offers overclocker-friendly features like a Turbo button or voltage measurement points. Out of the box the card runs at clocks of 820 MHz core and 1000 MHz memory making it one of the faster GTX 460 variants out there."

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ECS GeForce GTS 450 1GB Black Edition Video Card Review @ Legit Reviews
"The ECS GeForce GTS 450 Black Series 1GB video card is a very impressive graphics card since it uses the Arctic Cooling Accelero Twin Turbo Pro heatsink. The Accelero Twin Turbo Pro GPU cooler retails for $50 itself, so it to get it pre-installed on the ECS GeForce GTS 450 is a nice touch. This cooler features two 92mm PWM fans and 4-heatpipe that connect to cooling 35 fins achieve up to 120 Watts cooling capacity. The GeForce GTS 450 has a TDP rating of 106 Watts, so this cooler can easily handle an overclocked card like this and the temperature testing results show that. The ECS GeForce GTS 450 Black series card was the quietest of the bunch..."

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Tuesday, October 12, 2010
Zotac H55ITX-C-E Mini-ITX WiFi Motherboard @ Benchmark Reviews
"Zotac International was the first brand to launch a Mini-ITX H55 based motherboard back in January 2010. Other brands such as ECS Elitegroup and GIGABYTE followed the trend by launching their own Mini-ITX products, and they seem to be selling well. Here at Benchmark Reviews, we've already admitted our secret affair with HTPCs, and this time, we're testing the latest H55 ITX product available: the Zotac H55-ITX-C-E. This mini-board comes with USB 3.0 support and 6 S-ATA ports against 4 ports included in the competition. Zotac's the only brand to include not one, but two WiFi Antennas and a better PCB layout. Benchmark Reviews tests the Zotac H55ITX-C-E Mini ITX Motherboard to check performance, functionality and overclocking capabilities within this newer version."

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Arctic K381 Keyboard reviewed in Metku.net
"A very stylish keyboard for both office use and for style-aware users."

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Editorial: Whatâs Wrong with the Apple TV? @ Legit Reviews
"Apple, you really let me down. I hope your new OS update will include something that people want and will set you apart. Maybe include Hulu access and playback, or at least being able to watch the network streams of current shows instead of trying to gouge viewers by charging $1 for the latest episode of Glee…you know the same episode that I can watch for free anytime with a browser and laptop. I don’t even like the Apple TV remote as it doesn’t have TV volume, mute, or power so now I have to have my hands on at least two remotes when I'm watching a movie..."

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Sentey Arvina GS-6400 High Tower Case Review @ ThinkComputers.org
"“Sentey is a company most people probably haven’t heard of, let alone what types of products they have. Sentey makes a variety of different products, but cases and power supplies are their main thing. Today we have the chance to check out their Arvina GS-6400 High Tower Case. How well will it perform? Read on further to see if this brand will make it or break it."

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Cooler Master CM Storm Inferno Laser Gaming Mouse Review @ Tweaknews
"The Inferno from CM Storm has proven to be a solid choice in the ever-growing world of gaming mice. The $50 price tag is easier on the wallet than many comparable mice, and the wide array of customization options are perfect for gamers who want specific button layouts for different games."

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ASUS VG236H 3D-Vision Monitor Set @ Benchmark Reviews
"We live in a three-dimensional world, and yet we settle for a 2D virtual world while sitting in front of computers. The price of 3D-capable monitors isn't affordable for budget buyers, just like LCD monitors weren't value priced when they began showing up on shelf space beside CRT monitors, and yet they eventually became the industry standard. ASUS knows a thing or two about the computer hardware industry, and the ASUS VG236H 120Hz widescreen LCD monitor with bundled NVIDIA 3D-Vision kit could help take 3D mainstream. In this article, Benchmark Reviews tests the ASUS Splendid Video Intelligence Technology feature using stereoscopic 3D effects on this 23.6 inch monitor in single-unit and triple-display 3D-Vision Surround configurations."

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Monday, October 11, 2010
Ubuntu 10.10 Benchmarks
"With Ubuntu 10.10 having been released yesterday on the 10th of October, many Ubuntu users will be upgrading to this latest release in the coming days. However, for those that are concerned about the performance of this latest release that is codenamed the Maverick Meerkat, here are some benchmarks comparing its performance to Ubuntu 10.04.1 LTS as well as last October's Ubuntu 9.10 release."

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ASUS ENGT430 GeForce GT 430 1GB DDR3 Video Card Review @ Legit Reviews
"After testing the ASUS ENGT430 video card we found ourselves being impressed by the little card. For only $79 we got some impressive features and were shocked that the power consumption levels were so good. We were worried that the GF100 series core on the card would eat up some power, but was shocked seeing this card with the GF108 core and 1GB of DDR3 memory was using less power than an ATI Radeon HD 5570 with 512GB of GDDR5 memory..."

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ASUS GeForce GT 430 Video Card @ Benchmark Reviews
"With the release of their Fermi architecture, NVIDIA has battled forward from a back-seat position to AMD's ATI Radeon HD 5000 series DX11 compatible video cards to once again regain the lead in GPU performance. When NVIDIA released the GTX480 video card, they reclaimed the top performance position, but the GPU had a lot of shortcomings, including extremely high operating temperatures and huge amounts of power usage. With the release of the GTX 460, NVIDIA corrected those issues and really earned the top marks the GF104 received. Now NVIDIA is adding another release to their Fermi line with the low-end GF108 GPU. NVIDIA is marketing this GPU as a mainstream gaming and media center GPU with DX11 and 3D capabilities. In this article, Benchmark Reviews takes an in-depth look at the ASUS GT430 video card."

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ASUS ENGT430 @ Bjorn3D
"The ASUS ENGT430 features the Nvidia GeForce TG430 GPU (based on the GF108 Fermi GPU) running at 700MHz and 1GB of DDR3 memory. The memory is clocked at 1600MHz and is on a 128-bit interface. This card is ideal for HTPCs with its low profile design, allowing it to fit into thinner cases with the included optional mounting brackets. While the ENGT430 is primarily geared towards a life in the multimedia world, it still packs a punch in the 3D graphics arena, with entry-level DirectX 11 performance."

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ZOTAC GeForce GT 430 1 GB @ techPowerUp
"Today NVIDIA launches their new low-end GeForce GT 430 Series. The cards which are supposed to replace the GT 220 bring full DirectX 11 support to the table. Power consumption is also low which enables its use in media PC systems."

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Turning PC into Apple Macintosh: Hackintosh @ Benchmark Reviews
"A "Hackintosh" is a computer that runs Apple's OS X operating system on non-Apple hardware. This has been possible since Apple's switch from IBM's PowerPC processors to Intel processors a few years ago. Until recently, building a PC-based Mac was something done only by hard-core hackers and technophiles, but in the last few months, building a Hackintosh PC has become much easier. Benchmark Reviews looks at what it's possible to do with PC hardware and the Mac Snow Leopard OS today, and the pros and cons of the building a Hackintosh computer system over purchasing a supported Apple Mac Pro."

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Friday, October 8, 2010
Revisiting the BitFenix Colossus Black PC Case @ Legit Reviews
"A few weeks ago the new company BitFenix sent us a prototype of their flagship case, the Colossus. The case was very nice, but there were some things that were still being worked out and polished up by the folks at BitFenix. Today we have their production version of the Colossus and we will be giving it a quick look to show what the final version looks like and point out some of the things that had changed from the prototype..."

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Corsair Force F40 40 GB @ techPowerUp
"Corsair's Force F40 is the smallest Sandforce based drive the company offers with just 40 GB capacity. It is also the most affordable at $120. Thanks to a 7-channel design and the SF-1222 controller the drive delivers great performance for users who want to get on the SSD bandwagon without breaking the bank."

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Logitech G930 Wireless Headset Review @ Benchmark Reviews
"Anyone wanting the best experience at home for movies knows that a home theater is a must. The Logitech G930 Wireless Gaming Headset combines all of that audio experience into a classy wireless headset, allowing you to enjoy full surround sound anywhere without being restricted by cables. On paper the Logitech G930 seems to be capable of redefining PC entertainment. Benchmark Reviews will be testing this headset to see what level of audio utopia the G930 can achieve."

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Thursday, October 7, 2010
SandForce SF-2000 Series SSD Controllers Detailed @ Legit Reviews
"The key changes in the SF-2000 series controller is most obviously the updated SATA III 6Gb/s interface, which helps push performance up to 60,000 IOPS for 4K Random Read and Write data transfers. It also pushed the sequential Read and Write performance numbers up to 500MB/s and SandForce confirms they have hit those numbers in their test lab just this week with their first production run silicon that they just recently got in from overseas. SandForce will have three model numbers in the SF-2000 series; the SF-2600, SF-2500 and the SF-2300..."

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NZXT Premium Sleeved Power Supply Cable Review @ Legit Reviews
"So what exactly are the NZXT Premium cables for? They are for the computer user who is very particular about the way the interior of their computer looks. Let's say, for instance, that you don't have a power supply that has all of its wires sleeved by the manufacturer and you don't want the inside of your case to look like a plate of red, yellow and black pasta. All you need to do is hide the red, yellow, and black wires somewhere in the case and attach the NZXT Premium cables to the ends that you would normally connect to your devices and connect the other end of the premium Cables to your devices. That way the colored wires are out of sight and the Black, Red, or White sleeved wires of the Premium Cable is all you see now..."

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HIS Multi-View II @ Bjorn3D
"Anyone that has used more than one monitor for their computer can attest to the boost in productivity it brings. Both AMD and NVIDIA have long had support for multiple monitor setups, and AMD even supports 3-6 monitors on one card with their HD5k series. However, there are situations where it is hard to hook up more than 1-2 monitors to the system. Laptops and notebooks usually only have one display port. Though users also can use the built-in screen of the laptop, it usually is much smaller than a regular monitor, and it is difficult to pla. Likewise a lot of stationary computers have older graphics cards that only support up to 2 monitors. One of our test computers, the author’s computer at work, for example has an old HD4650 card that only supports 2 monitors. But since we want to use 3 monitors on that system we have to either buy a new HD5k-card or find another solution."

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The DROID Pro Preview @ ThinkComputers.org
"“Enter the Droid Pro; Reminiscent of the Motorola Q it has RIM users double taking. This baby is Android 2.2 powerhouse featuring a 1GHz processor, 5MP Camera, Capacitive Touchscreen, and a super sexy full QWERTY keyboard. Unless the screen is illuminated you’d never be able to tell this wasn’t a Blackberry. The screen is a bit larger than your standard RIM device but that’s so is the Torch’s screen. Potentially this will be the standard size screen on devices of this type."

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Wednesday, October 6, 2010
Sunrise AS-Feeling Earbuds @ techPowerUp
"Sunrise Audio, unknown to most, just released a full line-up of earbuds. Today we take a closer look at the AS-Feeling earbuds which is their mid-end offering. Available for only $40 online these are sure to be welcomed by many people looking for great sound on a budget."

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ASRock 890GX Extreme4 and 890FX Deluxe4 Motherboard Reviews @ Legit Reviews
"Today we are fortunate enough to have two of these motherboards on hand to put through the paces. The first board that we are going to look at today is the ASRock 890GX Extreme4. A few short months back we took a look at the ASRock 890GX Extreme3. I was impressed with the performance of the ASRock 890GX Extreme3, especially considering that it was priced below the competition. The ASRock 890GX Extreme4 is priced a little bit higher, but it is sitting pretty at $139.99 plus $2.99 shipping which is a decent price, especially if you take into consideration that it is the only AMD 890GX motherboard that is offering front panel Super Speed USB3. The second motherboard that we are going to look at today is the ASRock 890FX Deluxe4. The ASRock 890FX Deluxe4 also offers front panel Super Speed USB3 technology and is based on the AMD 890FX chipset. The ASRock 890FX Deluxe4 is aimed at those looking for the best performance out of a CrossfireX set-up, as it will run dual AMD graphics cards at the full PCIe x16 bandwidth. The ASRock 890FX Deluxe4 is priced at $159.99 plus $2.99 shipping. This low price makes the ASRock 890FX Deluxe4 the second least expensive AMD 890FX chipset motherboard, second only to its predecessor, the ASRock 890FX Deluxe3."

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Arctic Cooling Arctic K381 Multi-Function Ultra-Slim Keyboard Review @ ThinkComputers.org
"“Arctic Cooling is a company known for their cooling products, but recently they have been getting into the PC peripheral market. Today we have the chance to check out their attempts at a keyboard. The Arctic K381 Multi-Function Ultra-Slim Keyboard is not only small in size, but small in price. This small keyboard makes writing fun again. Read on further to get the details."

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Microsoft Arc Touch Wireless Portable Mouse @ Benchmark Reviews
"Believe it or not, Microsoft has been creating hardware devices for over 25 years. They are no stranger to devices with both form and function. Very recently, Microsoft Hardware Division has created the new Arc Touch wireless mouse that falls in line with such products as the previously reviewed Arc Keyboard. Benchmark Reviews has been given the opportunity to check out Microsoft's Arc Touch Wireless Mouse, model RVF-00001. With such features as a scroll-wheel replacing touch-strip, 2.4ghz wireless technology, and an ambidextrous design, this looks to be a very promising device. There are plenty of wireless mice out on the market already, does Microsoft have what it takes to be competitive in this saturated market? Read the full review of the Microsoft Arch Touch on Benchmark Reviews to find out."

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Tuesday, October 5, 2010
NVIDIA's Best Buy GeForce GTX 460 1GB Video Card Overview @ Legit Reviews
"We got word late yesterday by a friend at NVIDIA that Best Buy had slipped up and released NVIDIA branded graphics cards on Sunday night. This was a week before they were supposed to hit store shelves as NVIDIA hasn't even released the PR stating that the company has joined forces with Best Buy and that Best Buy is now directly selling NVIDIA Branded video cards directly to consumers. This is the first time that we have seen NVIDIA branded video cards being sold direct and we went to a few Best Buy stores in St. Louis today and sure enough, we spotted the cards sitting on store shelves. We couldn't leave the store empty handed, so we bought the card for $299.99 and headed back to see what it was all about..."

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Cooler Master HAF 912 Mid Tower Case Review @ ThinkComputers.org
"“The Cooler Master HAF 912 is a case in which enthusiasts can find a large amount of features at a low price point. The HAF 912 supports 1.8”, 2.5”, 3.5” and 5.25” drives along with its plethora of cooling options. The case is also great for cable management and can even support large graphics cards. This case is certainly a great starter case which can allow you to easily upgrade parts in the future. Read on further to get a better look."

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Inside the Computer Hardware Review Industry @ Benchmark Reviews
"The computer hardware industry accounts for a significant portion of worldwide consumer electronic sales, which results in a proportionate amount of marketing and advertising effort expended to help push sales. After four years of aggressively working our way up the ladder, Benchmark Reviews has grown to better understand the industry around us. You probably have an interest in the legitimacy of product reviews, and there's a lot going on behind the scenes that impacts the independent evaluations you've come to trust. In this editorial article Computer Hardware Reviews: Inside the Industry, I share my eye-opening observations and personal experiences with you for the benefit of extending an understanding to others."

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Monday, October 4, 2010
WCG 2010 Grand Final: Gamers, Hardware, and Booth Babes @ Legit Reviews
"South Korea took home first overall place with 3 Gold medals, 2 Silver, and 3 bronze. Brazil, the UK, and Germany tied for second with 1 Gold and 1 Silver respectfully. The United States, Australia, Sweden and the Ukraine tied for third with 1 Gold medal each. Even though the US team only won one gold medal, they did a decent job of representing (even though I was really pulling for Evil Geniuses to finish on the podium). It was also cool to see how they filmed the reality series Ultimate Gamer (has anyone ever wondered why Ultimate Gamer is on the SciFi channel and not G4? Things that make you go"

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Zalman ZM-F3 FDB & ZM-SF3 Fans @ Bjorn3D
"Heat has been a major issue in the computer market for several years now, especially with the newest hardware on the market. It is an even bigger issue for overclockers, and for people who live in naturally hot places, i.e. when room temperatures exceed 28C / 83F. In this situation, users need to upgrade their cooling systems to prevent hardware damage. Most users buy fans for their system based on price, but without careful research, an average person is more then likely to fall into the noise trap: the wrong kind of fan will result in a very noisy PC, and users will be forced to spend money on rectifying this problem."

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ATI Radeon HD 5450 On Linux
"While AMD soon will be introducing the Radeon HD 6000 graphics cards, there is still plenty of life left to the Radeon HD 5000 series especially for those interested in open-source support with the Evergreen GPUs finally being supported by the open-source driver stack complete with OpenGL acceleration via a Mesa driver and this support will continue to mature before there is the same level of support for the next-generation Southern Island GPUs in the open-source world. In this article we are reviewing the ATI Radeon HD 5450"

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Sunday, October 3, 2010
Xigmatek Dark Knight CPU Cooler Review @ Tweaknews
"Xigmatek's Dark Knight S1283V CPU cooler has it all covered. It's got great cooling performance, a dark distinctive look, an innovative direct touch design and mounting solutions that are second to none. Xigmatek has done a great job with the Dark Knight, offering the PC enthusiast community top-notch performance in a well-engineered product with excellent fit and finish."

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ASUS ENGTS450 DirectCU TOP Video Card @ Benchmark Reviews
"Last month NVIDIA launched their new midrange video card: the GeForce GTS 250. Benchmark Reviews covered the launch with two articles focusing on single-card performance and SLI performance at reference clock speeds. In this review, we turn our attention to partner products. Specially, we take a look at an overclocked GTS 450 offered by ASUS. With a 925MHz core clock speed and DDR5 running at 4000MHz, the ENGTS450 DirectCU TOP ships out well above the reference clocks speeds we benchmarked at during the launch and represents ASUS' highest out-the-door overclock. In this review, we'll put it to the test against a similar clocked offering from EVGA, AMD's HD5770, and one of the previous generation's top cards: the HD4870."

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Saturday, October 2, 2010
Kiwi U-Powered Solar & USB Portable Charger Review @ ThinkComputers.org
"“Phones, cameras, and other mobile devices are power hogs. Those who have moved to smartphones have to plan ahead if it’ll be more than ~20 hours before they’ll next be near a power outlet. A dead battery means disconnection, which means the device isn’t receiving messages, which means business isn’t getting done. Fortunately, a new class of portable batteries has hit the market. Prices on these devices are dropping, and they are diversifying in capacity and features. Once such device is the subject of this review, the Kiwi U-Powered Charger. This device sports a 2000 mAh capacity, multiple charging tips, and, as its name indicates, an array of photovoltaic cells for sun-powered recharging. ThinkComputers has the review…"

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Apple TV Wireless HD Digital Media Player Preview @ Legit Reviews
"It's hard to believe that Apple announced the Apple TV (iTV) back in 2006 and then released their first player back on March 21, 2007. Apple has finally started shipping their second generation Apple TV this week and we got a pair of them that just arrived from Shenzen China today. This player is rather interesting from a cost perspective alone as it retails for just $99. This is a far cry from the original $299 price tag brought by the first generation player..."

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Friday, October 1, 2010
NZXT Phantom Black E-ATX Full Tower Case Review @ Legit Reviews
"The NZXT Phantom is hands down one of the finest computer cases I have ever had the pleasure of reviewing. With its sleek aerodynamic look and slew of features, I have a feeling it will be make people take notice for years to come. With a price tag of $139.99 and a two year warranty, it is clearly priced to compete with and dominate the other full tower cases in its class such as the Corsair Obsidian (shown below) which has all of the same features except for being made of aluminum, but is priced $120 higher..."

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ASUS GeForce GTX 480 Video Card @ Benchmark Reviews
"Nearly half a year since that launch of NVIDIA's GF100 Fermi GPU, the landscape has hardly changed. NVIDIA still sells the most powerful graphics processor made, and for a select few with money set aside for elite-level graphics the top-end GeForce GTX 480 video card still offers good reason for purchase. In this article, Benchmark Reviews tests the ASUS ENGTX480/2DI/1536MD5 GeForce GTX 480 video card. This GF-100 GPU Fermi-based graphics card is the key to many things: high-performance 3D-Vision and 3D-Vision Surround, unmatched PhysX potential, and one part of an unbeatable SLI set. Our benchmark tests compare 3D frame rate performance with the ASUS GeForce GTX 480 in single-card and SLI-modes against some of the most powerful graphics products on the market."

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Thermaltake BlacX 5G USB 3.0 Dock Review @ Tweaknews
"If you're currently using a USB 2.0 dock to access drives externally, Thermaltake's BlacX 5G is a great reason to upgrade to a faster USB 3.0 dock. You'll save a lot of time transferring files and still have the ability to use the dock on just about any modern PC or laptop, thanks to the backward compatibility of USB."

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