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Tuesday, November 30, 2010
BitFenix Survivor Gaming Case Review @ Tweaknews
"BitFenix's Survivor case has a sleek, innovative look, outstanding feature set and a well-appointed I/O panel all packed into a Lan-friendly case with a rugged finish and sturdy handle. The interior is very roomy, for a mid-tower and has some outstanding cable management features and nicely configurable storage options."

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AMD Radeon HD 6850 & HD 6870 reviewed in Metku.net
"There's been plenty of rumors going around about AMD's new HD6-series of cards, but now the long wait is finally over and the first models, HD6850 and HD6870, have been officially launched. The newcomers found their way into our test lab, so lets see what they have to offer."

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ASUS ENGTX580 Voltage Tweak - SLI @ Bjorn3D
"When the GTX 580 launched, most manufactures were not able to come out with their own overclocked versions of the GTX 580. ASUS was one of the few manufacturers to have factory overclocked cards with the launch: the ASUS ENGTX580 Voltage Tweak. It is a bit ridiculous that the core speed on this card has only been raised from 772MHz to 782MHz, but ASUS claims it produces about 50% more speed, higher performance, and greater satisfaction. We'll put that statement to the test in our overclocking section, and we'll also have some numbers for certain benchmarks."

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NZXT Sleeved LED Kit Review @ ThinkComputers.org
"“Nowadays most computers come with case windows, with these case windows most people like to put in LED fans or cold cathode lights. But in the recently we have seen more and more company’s start to adapt and move over to LED lighting. NZXT is ahead of the curve, offering a sleeved LED light kit along with a lot of their other modding parts they have been making. We are going to install and test out these sleeved LED kits and see if it is perfect for your next build."

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Gigabyte Aivia K8100 Gaming Keyboard @ Benchmark Reviews
"Gigabyte may be a name known to some due to their motherboards, but it seems the company has recently decided to venture into the over saturated peripheral market with the release of the Gigabyte Aivia K8100 keyboard. This keyboard - similar to their recent motherboards - is aimed at the enthusiast computer crowd. With features such as 20-key simultaneous anti-ghosting as well as up to 100 programmable, on-board macros, this keyboard is clearly for the hardest of hardcore gamers. Within this review, Benchmark Reviews tests the Gigabyte Aivia K8100 gaming keyboard."

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Monday, November 29, 2010
Lian Li PC-8FI Aluminum Computer Case Review @ Tweaknews
"When presented with a chassis like Lian Li's PC-8FI, 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."

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PowerColor HD 6870 PCS+ 1 GB @ techPowerUp
"PowerColor's HD 6870 PCS+ comes with some of the highest out of the box clock speeds of all HD 6870 cards available today. It also comes with a unique thermal solution that offers extremely low noise levels in both idle and load. Another improvement is that power consumption is slightly lower than AMD's reference design - despite the higher clock speed."

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ASUS EAH6850 DirectCU @ Bjorn3D
"When AMD released the Radeon HD 6850 and 6870 in October 2010, they had their sights set on one thing: bringing out a contender capable of taking on the very successful Nvidia GeForce GTX 460. In order to do this, not only did the performance of the HD6800 cards have to be up to par, but the price point had to be within range of the 460. Now that the 6800 series cards have been out for a while, we're taking a closer look at ASUS' HD 6850 variant, the EAH6850 DirectCU. With their unique heatpipe cooling solution, DirectCU, ASUS claims their cards run up to 20% cooler than OEM style cooled cards. Come along as we see how things turn out as the benchmarks get under way."

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ZOTAC GeForce GTX 480 AMP Review @ XtremeComputing
"Zotac have sent us along their top model GTX 480 for review. This differs from the stock GTX 480 in that it has a core clock of 756Mhz, shader of 1512Mhz, and memory speed of 3800Mhz. So it should have a nice bump in performance over the stock GTX 480."

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Thermaltake BlacX 5G USB 3.0 Hard Drive Docking Station Review @ ThinkComputers.org
"“Hard drive docking stations started to appear more frequently about 2 years ago. A hard drive dock is something every system builder and most computer users should have. So often people need to get information off a hard drive and what easier way to do that than with a hard drive dock. The hard drive dock really has not changed that much, but with the introduction of USB 3.0 you are now able to get even faster speeds from hard drive docks. Today we will be taking a look at the BlacX 5G USB 3.0 Hard Drive Docking Station from Thermaltake."

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NZXT Sentry LXE Digital Fan Controller @ Benchmark Reviews
"Cooling is a necessity for high performance gear. From the humble passive heatsink to the monstrous dual-fan tower coolers, airflow is an essential part of the process. Typically we connect fans to our devices via the motherboard, or directly to the PSU. If we're lucky, we can control the fans via software such as SpeedFan, otherwise the hum of high speed performance-orientated fans is permanent. Sometimes we want to turn down the speed of fans to suit the level of cooling required. This is where fan controllers come into play. Here we have NZXT's top of the range fan controller solution, the Sentry LXE. Does it give us the level of control required for peaceful performance? Benchmark Reviews is here to find out!"

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Sunday, November 28, 2010
The Performance Of Fedora Core 3 Through Fedora 14
"Recently we published benchmarks of Debian with the Etch, Lenny, and Squeeze releases. This is as far back as we could benchmark before hitting the 2.4 Linux kernel and running into hardware compatibility issues and other problems, considering Debian GNU/Linux doesn't seen an official release nearly as often as Ubuntu, Fedora, or most other distributions. We have now carried out a similar process, but on the Fedora side, and here we were able to go all the way back to the 2004 release of Fedora Core 3. Here are benchmarks of Fedora Core 3 with every release up through the recent release of Fedora 14."

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Friday, November 26, 2010
Samsung FX2490HD 24 Inch LED TV / Monitor Review @ Tweaknews
"The Samsung SyncMaster FX2490HD is a stylish LED monitor / TV that tries to perform the role of two products in one, but doesn't seem to excel at either function. While used as a monitor, it does perform its task very well. But with the lack of a suitable DVI connection and no cable adapter, the user is limited to use the older analog VGA which to some will seem rather outdated for a 2010 product."

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GIGABYTE GA-X58A-UD3R (Rev. 2.0) Motherboard Review @ Legit Reviews
"GIGABYTE has released a number of X58 based motherboards since the chipset made its appearance in 2008. While they don't have the most X58 boards out there, they do offer some of the best. GIGABYTE first released the GA-X58A-UD3R (Rev. 1.0) not too long ago and it was well received with it's low price and excellent performance. Recently however, GIGABYTE saw fit to release a revision to the GA-X58A-UD3R (Rev. 2.0) adding some minor changes. Just looking at the board and box will more or less leave you hanging as far as what the differences are..."

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Tyke Supply Dual LCD Monitor Stand
"If you find yourself picking up any extra monitors this holiday season, you may be in need of a monitor stand. When it comes to monitor stands though, Ergotron is often regarded as the leading manufacturer of such LCD stands, but their products come with a hefty price tag where a simple side-by-side LCD arm can cost over $300 USD. If you do not want to spend several hundred dollars -- likely more than the cost of a monitor itself -- on a metal stand, I have a better solution. For the past two months, I have been using LCD monitor from Tyke Supply. They are wonderfully reliable, fully adjustable, and cost just a fraction of what it would cost if buying from Ergotron."

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ASUS ENGTX460 DirectCU @ Bjorn3D
"NVIDIA did a great job of providing a performance videocard at an affordable price when they realeased the GTX 460. ASUS has taken the standard GTX 460 platform and provided a unique cooling system, along with their unique Voltage Tweak Technology for an up to 50% performance gain. Sporting 1GB of GDDR5 running at 900MHz and a standard GPU clock of 675MHz, the DirectCU version of the GTX 460 performs right where we expected. It's also priced affordably, a decent 180 USD at Newegg.Check out the rest of the review to see how the enhanced cooling system performs."

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OCZ RevoDrive 50GB PCI-E Solid State Drive Review @ ThinkComputers.org
"“Over the past year we have looked at quite a few solid state drives. The big thing this year was the introduction of the SandForce controller into just about every different manufacturer’s drives. OCZ is one such manufacturer, but they have done something different with RevoDrive. The RevoDrive is not an ordinary 2.5-inch SATA drive we are used to seeing, it is a a 4x PCI-Express expansion card with 2 SandForce controllers configured in a RAID 0 setup for extremely fast transfer speeds. Let’s take a look at this drive and see if it can blow away the competition."

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Thursday, November 25, 2010
Sunrise SW-Xcape In-ears @ techPowerUp
"Sunrise known for their well performing earbuds also produce a set of quite interesting in-ears. Dubbed the SW-Xcape these in-ears are priced at a somewhat reasonable $80."

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Wednesday, November 24, 2010
Corsair Graphite 600T @ techPowerUp
"Corsair has put a lot of engineering into their Obsidian case line-up and everyone had eagerly been awaiting their first mid-tower case offering. Enter stage left: Corsair Graphite 600T, which takes a lot of the features of the Obsidian and packs it into a uniqe looking case at a much lower price point. We tear it apart and put it back together, to see if it can impress as much as the Obsidian series."

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Icy Dock MB973SP-B 3 in 2 SATA Backplane Module Review @ Tweaknews
"With a growing number of internal enclosures being released, this offering from Icy Dock still manages to stand out from the crowd. Icy Dock's ability to install three hard drives inside two 5.25” bays in the MB973SP-B is a clever way to utilize space that frequently goes unused."

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Arctic Cooling Arctic M571 Laser Gaming Mouse Review @ ThinkComputers.org
"“After being pleasantly surprised by Arctic Cooling’s first entry into the mouse market, the M551, I was looking forward to testing the M571. I was very interested to see what they did with the M571 to differentiate the two models and justify the additional $5 for it. So without further ado let’s take a look at the features."

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Lian Li T60 - Test Station Review @ XtremeComputing
"In today's review we will be looking at something a little bit different from the usual Lian Li case and that is the Lian Li T60, the T60 is a Chassis for system testers and really pretty much a test bed station. Will it be good for what it should be or is it just another test bed put on the market to grab some of the share of the market...."

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ASRock Vision 3D Blu-ray MCE HTPC @ Benchmark Reviews
"Benchmark Reviews has tested several products designed for the Home Theater PC segment, and of them all only ASRock has ever really delivered on the packaged HTPC concept. The ASRock Vision 3D Blu-ray HTPC could be the first solid example of a compact Home Theater PC that finally poses a threat to desktop computers. Armed with NVIDIA's GeForce GT 425M graphics card, the ASRock Vision-3D enables 3D Blu-ray Disc movie play back or video games using NVIDIA's 3D Vision technology. The Vision 3D system offers powerful dual-core Intel Core-i3 processing, a Blu-ray Disc optical drive, THX audio output, and even includes SuperSpeed USB 3.0. With HDMI 1.4a support, the ASRock Vision 3D also supports Bitstream audio pass through 7.1 channel surround sound with THX TruStudio PRO, making this the ideal Home Theater PC solution."

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Tuesday, November 23, 2010
Zalman CNPS9900 MAX 135mm CPU Cooler Review @ Legit Reviews
"Zalman has nice cooler on their hands with the CNPS9900 MAX. The older enthusiasts can see its design heritage and at a glance have no doubt it’s a Zalman cooler. The design is nice looking with the 'Black Pearl' nickel plated finish, and it performs nicely as well. The CNPS9900 MAX carries a suggested price tag of $79.90. This puts the CNPS9900 MAX into the high end air category and it performed in this range as well..."

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Intel Windows vs. Linux GPU Performance Q4'2010
"Yesterday we shared benchmarks of the ATI R600 Gallium3D driver compared against the classic Mesa R600 driver and then the proprietary AMD Catalyst driver. The proprietary driver was much faster than the open-source drivers were, but the Gallium3D driver did possess higher performance in most of the tests than with the classic Mesa driver. This is similar to the R300 Gallium3D driver being faster than its now-deprecated R300 classic driver. Meanwhile though Intel continues to back only their classic Mesa DRI driver and there are no signs of them switching over to the Gallium3D architecture anytime soon. It is not as if Intel's current Mesa driver is feature-complete and performance-optimized as our tests from earlier this year show Intel's Linux graphics performance being far behind their Windows driver. In this article though we are seeing where the Intel Mesa performance is at when using the very latest DRM and Mesa code."

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World-Exclusive: Gainward GeForce GTX 460 SE 1 GB @ techPowerUp
"Last week NVIDIA launched their GeForce GTX 460 SE which is designed to give a good price/performance level without compromising on memory amount. But is this enough to compete with the full GTX 460 variants that have 768 MB or 1 GB of memory?"

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DeepCool Ice Matrix 600 CPU / Processor Cooler Review @ Tweaknews
"Deepcool's Ice Matrix 600, like its little brother the 400, is a great looking tower cooler that installs easily and comes with a quiet fan and a lot of nice accessories. It cools a bit better than the 400, but I expected a more significant performance increase."

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Sparkle Calibre X480 GeForce GTX 480 Video Card Review @ ThinkComputers.org
"“With the release of NVIDIA’s GeForce GTX 580 a couple of weeks ago the GTX 480 is no longer the top of the line card offered from NVIDIA, but there are still quite a few different GTX 480’s available and many of the GTX 580’s are still the reference build. Today we will be looking at the Calibre X480 from Sparkle, which is a GeForce GTX 480 video card that is slightly factory overclocked at 752MHz core (700MHz stock), 1536MB GDDR5 clocked at 3800MHz (3696MHz stock) and 1504MHz shaders (1401MHz stock). This card is also cooled by the Arctic Cooling Accelero Xtreme VGA cooler to provide you with the best cooling solution possible. Let’s take a look…"

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Monday, November 22, 2010
ASUS GeForce GTX 580 Overclocked Video Card @ Benchmark Reviews
"ASUS is a well-known innovator of technology, but there are times when they recognize a good idea and strive to simply make it better. Queue the GeForce GTX 580 video card. Armed with the maximum number of CUDA cores and PolyMorph engines NVIDIA can deliver with the Fermi architecture, the GeForce GTX 580 represents their trophy effort to seize the performance market. While being similar to the GeForce GTX 480, the GeForce GTX 580 design updates the Fermi formula, improves upon the power appetite, reduces heat output, and increases graphical frame rate performance. ASUS raises the GF110 fixed function clock speed from 772 MHz to 782, while the graphics cores now operate at 1564 MHz. 1536MB of GDDR5 video frame buffer use a familiar 384-bit memory bus, clocked to 1002MHz for a 4008MHz data rate. This is before ASUS Voltage Tweak gives us access to unlocked potential..."

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Open-Source AMD Fusion Driver For Ontario Released
"While we are still waiting on open-source support for the AMD Radeon HD 6000 series of graphics cards that were released last month, today AMD is releasing their initial open-source support for their Ontario hardware. AMD's Ontario is their low-powered Fusion processor designed for use in netbooks and other such devices. This dual-core chip with integrated Radeon HD 6250 graphics is only starting to ship now, but the open-source support for this first AMD Fusion chip is now available to Linux users, complete with 3D support."

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Benchmarks Of AMD's Newest Gallium3D Driver
"While we have already published two exciting articles today looking at the native ZFS file-system for Linux and also new benchmarks of OpenSolaris / BSD / Linux, here's a third article for the day. We might as well test our new Phoronix serving infrastructure while already having excess load today due to Slashdot, etc (it's good practice for OpenBenchmarking.org), so here are benchmarks of AMD's newest Gallium3D driver compared to their classic open-source Mesa driver and also their proprietary Catalyst driver. Oh yeah, a fourth article is also in the queue for today or the very near future when AMD has a major Linux driver announcement to share."

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Kingston SSDNow V+100 128GB SSD Review @ Legit Reviews
"As far as performance goes, the V+100 performance exceeded my expectations that were based on experience with the earlier drives with the same controller. Kingston and Toshiba have done a really nice job on reworking the firmware to get a nice performance boost. Their"

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GIGABYTE GA-P67A-UD7 Preview @ Bjorn3D
"It feels as though it has been ages since we first looked at X58 socket LGA1366 and P55 socket LGA1156 motherboards. The beefed up X58 and P55 motherboards pushed our Core i3, i5 and i7 CPUs to unbelievable speeds. With the release of Sandy Bridge just around the corner, GIGABYTE sent us their latest motherboard, tailored for the LGA1155 Sandy Bridge platform. The GIGABYTE GA-P67A-UD7 will be GIGABYTE's flagship motherboard, competing with ASUS' Maximus IV Extreme and MSI's P67A-GD65 till the release of the next generation LGA2011 socket motherboards. We are expecting the board to launch in 2011, early January."

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WORLD'S FIRST REVIEW: In Win Dragon Rider Computer Case Review @ Tweaknews
"With the Dragon Rider, In Win has done what all good designers do, regardless of the medium they are working in. They've taken some styling cues from their excellent Dragon Slayer case, made it bigger by using the best design features from their Maelstrom full-tower chassis and added some innovative and impressive new features."

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Mad Catz Cyborg RAT 9 Wireless Gaming Mouse @ Benchmark Reviews
"Since the consumer computer mouse was introduced in the early 1980s, we've seen design innovations like the scroll wheel (1995), the wireless mouse and optical mouse sensor (2001), and the laser-based mouse sensor (2005). Various companies have added extra programmable buttons, internal LED lighting, and even built-in fans to cool your sweaty hands. Today's gamers have a plethora of high-performance gaming mice to choose from. Is there anything else left to innovate? Mad Catz thinks so, and Benchmark Reviews checks out their latest mouse, the Mad Catz Cyborg R.A.T. 9 wireless gaming mouse, to see if they're right."

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Saturday, November 20, 2010
Choiix Boom Boom Slim Travel Speaker Review @ ThinkComputers.org
"“When you are purchasing a laptop for most people speakers are really not their first concern and they really shouldn’t be. I’ve owned quite a few different laptops over the past couple of years and the speakers have been pretty bad on all of them. The speakers on netbooks are even worse. Choiix knows this and has come out with a cool little product to give your speakers a little boost. It is the Boom Boom Slim Travel Speaker. This speaker is very small and features 4 high sensitive drivers. Let’s see if it is the perfect speaker for your laptop."

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Friday, November 19, 2010
Thermaltake TT eSPORTS Challeger Pro Gaming Keyboard Review @ Legit Reviews
"What I liked most about the Thermaltake TT eSPORTS Challenger Pro keyboard was its ability to load up to four different profiles. In Starcraft II, this gave me the ability to use the same key to produce units regardless of which race (Terran, Protoss, or Zerg) I was playing. Being able to adjust the timing of the macro key is another feature which I thought was very cool. I also liked the overall keyboard look and feel and the ability to adjust the LED back light illumination of the keys. It’s got a nice long detachable USB cable and carry bags for both the keyboard and cable making it easy to transport to a friends house or to a competition. I was just at Blizzcon 2010 and saw several of the professional gamers pulling their keyboards out of carrying cases similar one included with the Challenger Pro..."

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ASRock Vision 3D NetTop
"It's been nearly a decade since ASRock was spun off by ASUS as a new OEM vendor and over this time they have transformed themselves from being solely a manufacturer of low-cost, value-oriented motherboards and other products to offering more high-end and enthusiast-friendly products (such as the X58 SuperComputer and 880G Extreme 3). ASRock has also adapted to the market and has begun offering other products like low-power nettop computers. Last year we reviewed ASRock's ION 330 NetTop, which was their first, followed by the ION 330HT-BD, another Atom-based PC earlier this year. In August we then reviewed the ASRock Core 100HT, which was a nettop based upon a more powerful Core i3 processor, but with Intel integrated graphics. The latest nettop though to have been introduced by this Taiwan-based vendor is the Vision 3D NetTop, which incorporates a higher-end Intel Core processor while bringing NVIDIA GeForce GT 425M graphics for making a relatively high-end PC in a very small form factor."

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ASUS Rampage III Extreme @ Bjorn3D
"The ASUS Rampage III Extreme, first announced earlier this year, is ASUS' flagship motherboard for 2010. The ASUS Rampage III Extreme, running on the X58 architecture, is designed with overclocking and gaming in mind, making it a motherboard that most gamers can only dream of. When the ASUS Rampage III Formula hit the market about two months ago, it was a great option for most gamers and overclockers, especially since it had features similar to those of the Extreme, but with an $85 price cut. While the ASUS Rampage III Formula has lots of features that extreme gamers and enthusiast overclockers will need, the Rampage III Extreme really allows the users to take their gaming or overclocking one step further."

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OCZ RevoDrive X2 PCI-Express SSD Test @ Benchmark Reviews
"Over the past several years, OCZ have transformed themselves from an enthusiast system memory brand into a recognized name for high-performance storage devices. They've earned consumer praise for their ability to deliver Solid State Drive technology at a reasonable price, and they push the boundaries with their High Speed Data Link project. There's a solid middle ground between SATA and HSDL, and that's the PCI Express bus. Not long ago Benchmark Reviews tested the SandForce-driven OCZ RevoDrive, and now we're back with the high-level version of that product: OCZ RevoDrive X2. Now using four SF1200 SSDs in RAID-0, the RevoDrive X2 series is capable of up to 120,000 IOPS at speeds up to 740 MB/s."

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Thursday, November 18, 2010
Cyborg R.A.T. Gaming Mice lineup reviewed in Metku.net
"Customization is a must of today and Cyborg takes it to the max with their innovative line of R.A.T. Gaming Mice. This time we will review all the wired R.A.T. models from them in a single review!"

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GIGABYTE GV-N480SO-15I Super Overclock @ techPowerUp
"Gigabyte's GeForce GTX 480 Super Overclock sets out to deliver affordable high-end overclocking for NVIDIA users. The card features dual voltage software control, voltage measurement points, a powerful but quiet triple fan cooler and Gigabyte's OC Guru overclocking software. Best of all, it comes at a reasonable $469 which is not much more than the reference design. But is that enough to hold off the GeForce GTX 580 ?"

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DeepCool Ice Blade Pro CPU Cooler Review @ ThinkComputers.org
"“A few weeks ago we got to check out one of DeepCool’s most expensive CPU coolers, the Gamer Storm. Today we are checking out a less expensive cooler, but one that will give your case that “gamer” look. The Ice Blade Pro features four 8mm copper heatpipes, a patented Core Touch Technology (CTT), and a smoked blue LED 120mm fan. How well will this compare with the other DeepCool cooler? Read on further to find out."

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Antec Soundscience Rockus 3D 2.1 Speaker Kit Review @ Legit Reviews
"No matter what form of media that I used to test the Antec Soundscience Rockus 3D 2.1 Speakers be it music, movies, games or streaming video, the Rockus speakers were up to the task and they did it very, very well. To say that I was impressed with how they sounded is an understatement. The bass from the sub-woofer was tight and in your face, the mids and the highs were in perfect balance and I do have to say that they gave my Klipsch Promedia speakers a good whipping. Not only was the sound tighter, they actually sounded better than the Klipsch at high volumes. Now, I am not saying that the Rockus speakers dominated, as I did prefer the Klipsch speakers during the movie portion of my testing, but I think the advantage there was that the Klipsch speakers have the THX algorithms built into them and that makes for better and more immersive movie watching to me..."

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Why 3D Camera Technology Will Be The Future @ Benchmark Reviews
"To most people, the sudden industry interest in 3D technology is considered a fad. It's an eccentric marketing ploy for the fringe enthusiast, merely feeding a niche market. It's too expensive, or it's too immature, or it's too proprietary. If this has you believing the skeptics and naysayers, then 3D technology is already doomed to fail. Fortunately for entertainment enthusiasts there's a difference between pessimism and reality, and I'll use this editorial to explore the very real possibility that we'll soon live in a world based around 3D technology. Some optimists believe that 3D is already on its way to being a mainstream technology, but realists should expect it to come in phases, based on supply and product demand. I think it will begin with 3D cameras, and their byproducts: 3D photos and 3D video."

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Wednesday, November 17, 2010
Silverstone PS05B Precision Series Computer Case Review @ Tweaknews
"SilverStone's PS05B chassis is a budget mid-tower with a lot of features not seen in most low-price cases. With a blacked-out interior, tool-free features and a few cable management aids, the case is quite well appointed for the price."

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SilverStone Sugo SG07 Mini-ITX PC Case Review @ Legit Reviews
"SilverStone has done a nice job with their Sugo SG07 and accomplished what they set out to do. Build a small form factor case that will house the biggest graphics cards available while having the built-in power to handle it and the rest of the system. All this comes with the quality and aesthetics that one expects from a company like SilverStone..."

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Best CPU Cooler Performance: Intel Q3-2010 @ Benchmark Reviews
"Motherboard sockets come and go, but processors can always be depended on the create heat. For a short while longer, Intel's LGA1366 socket on the X58-Express remains the platform of choice for hardware enthusiasts and performance overclockers. Heatsink manufacters haven't made much noise recently, holding back CPU cooler anouncements until after Intel's Sandy Bridge LGA1155 socket is launched. In this article, Benchmark Reviews tests a few newcomer heatsinks against a collection of solid past performers in this Best CPU Cooler Performance: Intel Heatsinks Q3-2010 article."

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Tuesday, November 16, 2010
Asus Xonar Xense Premium Gaming Audio Set W/ Headset Review @ Tweaknews
"The Asus Xonar Xense sound card/Sennheiser PC350 headset bundle definitely lives up to its claim of being a premium gaming set. If you want to hear games, movies and music the way they were meant to be heard, this combination of products will make it happen."

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The ~200 Line Linux Kernel Patch That Does Wonders
"In recent weeks and months there has been quite a bit of work towards improving the responsiveness of the Linux desktop with some very significant milestones building up recently and new patches continuing to come. This work is greatly improving the experience of the Linux desktop when the computer is withstanding a great deal of CPU load and memory strain. Fortunately, the exciting improvements are far from over. There is a new patch that has not yet been merged but has undergone a few revisions over the past several weeks and it is quite small -- just over 200 lines of code -- but it does wonders for the Linux desktop."

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Gigabyte GeForce GTS 450 1GB Video Card Review @ ThinkComputers.org
"“NVIDIA’s current lineup of graphics cards has the top performers like the newly released GTX 580 and the GTX 480 that has been out for some time now. These cards will give you top of the line performance, but will put a considerable dent in your wallet. If you are on a budget NVIDIA’s GTS 450 maybe be what you need to get yourself into the DirectX 11 game. This is NVIDIA’s lowest end DirectX 11 card. Today we will be looking at the GV-N450-1GI from Gigabyte which does offer a higher clock speed and better cooler than NVIDIA’s reference GTS 450 card. This card also will not break the bank as it can be found online for around $119. Let’s take a look…"

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Impactics C3LH & K.I.S.S.S. passive HTPC @ techPowerUp
"There are very few manufacturers of completely passive systems out there. Impactics is jumping into the fray, aiming to offer fan-less systems, but without the large price premium associated to such computers. We take a look at the black, H55 and i3-530 equipped system to see if it can keep going under the pressure, or if it crumbles under the heat."

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AMD Brazos Platform Benchmarked - Zacate E-350 1.6GHz APU @ Legit Reviews
"The x264 HD benchmark is said to be ideal for a benchmark because the application reports fairly accurate compression results for each pass of the video encoding process, and it uses multi-core processors very efficiently. The AMD Zacate E-350 APU does very well in this benchmark and was faster than the Intel Atom N330 and Core 2 Solo SU3500 in this encoding performance test..."

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Monday, November 15, 2010
Zalman CNPS9900 MAX CPU Cooler Review @ Benchmark Reviews
"Since Full-Tower coolers started to appear, it seems like all companies followed the trend, obviously with a strong backup thanks to the performance obtained with this kind of coolers. While many brands now only produce full-tower coolers, there are some brands like Zalman, that still try to make their personal stuff, as we've seen with the CNPS9900 series. Even if Zalman has already launched some full-tower coolers, they're still ready to offer "different" solutions to the consumers, and the CNPS9900 MAX is about to show it. This CPU cooler comes with 3 (omega shaped) heat-pipes, which Zalman claims to be equivalent to a 6-heatpipe cooler. The CNPS9900 MAX also bundles a silent 135mm blue/red LED fan and a very nice and unique design. Said enough, can the CNPS9900 MAX be cool enough to compete against superb coolers like the severally awarded Prolimatech Megahalems? Of course, Benchmark Reviews is ready to put this cooler against the competition to check cooling performance against some very popular tower coolers..."

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ASUS VE228H HDMI LED Monitor
"The last time an ASUS monitor was reviewed at Phoronix was a year and a half ago when checking out the ASUS VH236 monitor that ended up being a fairly nice 1920 x 1080 monitor with HDMI support. After recently needing to purchase another monitor, however, we decided to pickup the ASUS VE228H, which offers similar specifications but measures up to being a 21.5-inch LED-backlit display. Here are a few words on the ASUS VE228H LCD monitor after using it for a few weeks."

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Roccat Taito King Size Gaming Mousepad reviewed in Metku.net
"When it comes to gaming mousepads, there are a lot of different to choose from. This time we take a closer look at one of the largest mousepads in the market - The Roccat Taito King Size!"

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ASUS GeForce GTX 580 1.5 GB @ techPowerUp
"Last week NVIDIA released their new flagship graphics card, the GeForce GTX 580. Today we have on our testbench the ASUS ENGTX580 which is an almost full implementation of the reference design. The only exception is that the clock speed has been slightly increased - at no price premium."

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Cooler Master V6 CPU / Processor Cooler Review @ Tweaknews
"Cooler Master's V6 is a big, good looking cooler with pretty good cooling performance and a robust, easily installed mounting solution."

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ASUS P67 Motherboards - P8P67, Maximus IV Extreme & Sabertooth 2 @ Legit Reviews
"The first board that we have to show you is the ASUS P8P67 Pro, which is a full size ATX solution. This board sports a black and blue color scheme and as you can see is totally passively cooled without the use of any heat pipes connecting the three blue heatsinks. The entire ASUS LGA1155 motherboard lineup uses a new VRM system that ASUS calls Digi+ VRM. This means that ASUS is now using digital VRMs on the boards and that ASUS' EPU microcontroller handles how many power phases are in use at any given time by monitoring the temperature and power draw on the board. We were told by ASUS That Digi+ VRM is able go down to just one power phase or go all the way up to 16 power phases on some of their boards. The ASUS P8P67 Pro has a 12+2 power phase design, so it would only be able to go up to 12 on this specific board..."

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A Quick Test Of OpenGL In Mac OS X 10.6.5
"In August we reviewed Apple's Enhanced OpenGL Stack that was introduced as an update to Mac OS X 10.6.4. This Snow Leopard Graphics Update 1.0 came out following Valve bringing Steam and its games to Mac OS X and collaboration via Apple, NVIDIA, and ATI/AMD to better the Mac OS X graphics stack with supporting new OpenGL extensions and making other optimizations, such as adding OpenGL occlusion queries support. While we tested this major Apple graphics update under a NVIDIA MCP79-based Mac Mini, which is a GPU that did not receive as many performance optimizations as those higher-end NVIDIA ASICs in newer Macs, the performance improvements were noticeable in some cases. In select games, however, Ubuntu Linux with NVIDIA's proprietary driver was still faster than Mac OS X 10.6.4 + SLGU. With Apple having released Mac OS X 10.6.5 this week that"

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AMD Graphics Radeon HD 6850 Review @ XtremeComputing
"AMD made it clear to us that the 6800 series are a refresh of the 5800 series, and while they have made some performance tweaks and improvements (specifically in things like tessellation) there is no ground breaking performance update here, and the cards sit pretty much where their 5800 series counterpart did."

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Sunday, November 14, 2010
Ozone Radon 5K Laser Gaming Mouse @ Benchmark Reviews
"When gamer spends $1000 on new hardware but still uses a basic Microsoft mouse and keyboard they might be holding themselves back when it comes to their gaming experience. In order to fix this many companies have started creating peripherals specifically with the task of bringing about the best gaming experience possible. Ozone's newest addition to the fray is the Ozone Radon 5k Gaming Mouse which boasts the 5600DPI Twin Eye sensor, and a 1000Hz polling rate, all for around $70. These specs look like they could add up to a great mouse but can Ozone compete with the likes of Razer, Logitech, Steelseries, and even Microsoft? Benchmark Reviews will run the Radon 5k through its paces to see if it really is as good as it looks on paper."

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DeepCool UF 120 120mm Case Fan Review
"Performance wise, the DeepCool UF120 is a case fan through and through. It won't be a great heatsink fan. It does everything it says it will do though. Almost all of it's specifications are right on the line and hold well within their 10% deviation value. It most definitely is a quiet solution for a case fan and fairly unmatched in it's sound profile except by fans that cost $5 to $10 more. All in all, this fan is solid in terms of performance..."

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Saturday, November 13, 2010
Speck GeoMetric iPhone 4 Case Review @ ThinkComputers.org
"“Some of my favorite cases for the iPhone 3G and 3GS were made by Speck. We started working with them last year and their unique and cool designs for iPhone, iPad and other devices really caught our eye. With the iPhone 4 being out for a good while now they of course have a nice line of iPhone 4 cases. Today we will be taking a look at the GeoMetric, which features a very cool, yet simple design. Let’s take a look…"

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Friday, November 12, 2010
OCZ Blade ST 2000MHz Low Voltage DDR3 Memory @ Benchmark Reviews
"The default speed for a 2:10 multiplier on a Core i3/i5 CPU is 1333MHz, and most will know too well that that even lower priced Intel H55/P55 Motherboards can support a 200 BCLK. If you like to dabble in the dark art of overclocking there are a few good reasons to choose a 2000MHz (PC3-16000) RAM kit. Firstly you have the options of lower voltage and tighter timings at lower speeds, and next you have the added benefit of higher memory bandwidth at the top speed. Last but not least though is the overclocking headroom, sure you could try to push your 1600MHz kit to 2000MHz but there are not too many kits that will do that, and you will certainly have to pay a premium. OCZ have a broad range of DDR3 RAM from basic to extreme, today Benchmark reviews will be testing the Blade ST 2000MHz Low Voltage Dual Channel 4GB Kit (PN: OCZ3BST2000LV4GK) for your reading pleasure."

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Thursday, November 11, 2010
Prolimatech Super Mega Review @ Tweaknews
"Prolimatech has done a great job with their new entry in the Megahalems series cooler, the Super Mega, offering the PC enthusiast community top-notch performance in a well-engineered product with excellent fit and finish. Support for the latest Intel platforms and the new look resulting from the copper fins are icing on the cake, and they've managed to boost performance as well."

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Targus USB2.0 Docking Station with Video reviewed in Metku.net
"Docking Stations are handy if one needs more connectors to their laptop. There is a problem though, not all laptops are dockable. We are now testing a solution to this problem from Targus!"

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Sapphire HD 6850 : 1120 Shader vs 960 Shader @ Bjorn3D
"When AMD launched their Radeon HD6xxx series, we did a review of the Sapphire HD6850. Soon after, we found out that the review sample sent to us contained 1120 shader units instead of the 960 shader units that AMD prescribed for the HD6850. We quickly contacted Sapphire, and confirmed that the review sample did indeed contain 1120 shaders. We did what any reputable product analyst would do, and shipped our review sample back to Sapphire for a retail version of the HD6850 so we could rerun our benchmarks and obtain an accurate result."

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Cooler Master NotePal U3 Notebook Cooler Review @ ThinkComputers.org
"“Almost all notebook coolers are the same, they are made of either plastic or aluminum and have a fixed fan in the center to help cool down your laptop. This usually work pretty well, but all laptops are different and heat comes from different places on each laptop. Knowing this Cooler Master has developed the NotePal U3, which features 3 80mm fans that can be positioned anywhere on the notebook cooler. Let’s take a look at the NotePal U3 and see if this design works well."

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MSI GeForce GTS 450 Cyclone Video Card @ Benchmark Reviews
"A lot has been happening lately in the world of video cards. AMD just released the Radeon HD 6870 and NVIDIA replied with the GTX 580. But with the holiday season approaching, some might be contemplating a gift that's just a little less heavy on the wallet. Benchmark Reviews has gotten our hands on a factory overclocked mid-range video card that claims to be 17 degrees cooler than it's reference design. In this article, we'll take a look at the MSI N450GTS Cyclone 1GD5/OC GTS 450 video card and see if it can back up it's claim. We'll be testing it against a Radeon HD 5770 that's costs almost exactly the same price."

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Wednesday, November 10, 2010
Call of Duty: Black Ops Benchmarks - GeForce GTX 460 vs Radeon HD 6870 @ Legit Reviews
"Call of Duty: Black Ops is the seventh installment of the Call of Duty series and for those that have fallen in love with the game series, this game will bring a smile to your face. The game is based on conflicts of the Cold War era and that is one time period that you don't see too many games based around. When it comes to performance the PC game was easily playable on current mainstream video cards from AMD and NVIDIA with all the eye candy turned up. We were shocked to see both the GeForce GTX 460 1GB and the Radeon HD 6870 were hitting more than 100FPS with 16x AA enabled, but then..."

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Cooler Master Choiix Boom Boom Portable Speaker Review @ Tweaknews
"Cooler Master's idea of the Boom Boom speaker is great – a compact, portable speaker that can be used while on the road with a laptop, MP3 player, or phone will appeal to many consumers. The end result from Choiix is a product that does have some strong points but still leaves a bit to be desired."

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World-Exclusive: Xigmatek Pantheon @ techPowerUp
"Xigmatek has managed to impress with their past cases, offering a nearly unbeaten price/performance ratio. The new Pantheon aims to redefine this once more, offering modern features at a very competitive price point. Will it manage to hold its own or crumble on our test bench?"

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Glacialtech Alaska CPU Cooler Review @ Legit Reviews
"GlacialTech has a solid middle of the road cooler with the Alaska performance-wise. The fin arrangement for the Alaska is definitely on the different side. I have seen honeycomb style coolers before, but none with fin spacing as tight as the Alaska has. The Alaska is also surprisingly light, coming in at 740g it is a full 200g lighter than the Prolimatech Super Mega..."

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Patriot Inferno 120GB Solid State Drive Review @ ThinkComputers.org
"“We just started working with Patriot with our review of the Xporter XT Rage 32B Flash Drive. Well today we have another storage product from them, the Inferno 120GB Solid State Drive. This solid state drive is based off the SandForce SF-1200 controller. If you have been following solid state drives over the past year you know that the SandForce controller is what everyone is using in their new drives. This drive boasts read speeds up to 285MB/s, write speeds up to 275MB/s, native TRIM support and integrated DuraClass Technology. Let’s check out the Inferno and see how it performs compared to other SandForce-based drives."

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Tuesday, November 9, 2010
Mionix Naos 3200 Mouse
"A few weeks back we reviewed the Swedish-made Excito B3 Mini ARM Server, which we liked for its capabilities and hardware, until it overheated. Today we are reviewing another product from a Swedish company, Mionix AB, as we try out the Naos 3200 computer mouse. This is coming more than a year after reviewing our first Mionix product, the Saiph 3200 Laser Gaming Mouse."

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Samsung PN58C6400 58 Inch Plasma TV Review @ Tweaknews
"With every new model year, I grit my teeth and wince while viewing my favorite programming hoping and praying that a company hasn't screwed up a great product by trying to reinvent the wheel with every product cycle. With that in mind, I was glad that the PN58C6400 was more or less the same TV as last year's model with some minor design tweaks and very little difference in terms of visual quality. But where this Plasma TV excels is when you focus on its size and what it accomplishes while only consuming half the power of the previous model."

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Nvidia GeForce GTX 580 @ Bjorn3D
"For many, it felt like Nvidia took forever to launch their GeForce GTX 480 Fermi cards, with 3.2 Billion transistors and 512 CUDA cores (480 exposed). And while the launch was great and the performance was excellent, many expected a bit more from the 480. Several early buyers were quite dissapointed with the 480's power consumption, temperatures, and noise. 7 months after the GeForce GTX 480 was launched, Nvidia is releasing their new flagship GPU, and the successor to the GTX 480: the GeForce GTX 580."

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NVIDIA GeForce GTX 580 SLI @ techPowerUp
"NVIDIA's GeForce GTX 580 has claimed the single GPU performance throne today. We take two of these cards for a spin to see what performance users can expect from this $1000 GPU combination. The review will also give insight into potential performance numbers for 3D Vision Surround."

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NVIDIA GeForce GTX 580 1536 MB @ techPowerUp
"Today NVIDIA releases their new GeForce GTX 580 which is based on their Fermi architecture. The card is 20% faster than the GTX 480, yet requires less power. NVIDIA has also optimized fan noise making this the quietest highest-end card on the market today."

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NVIDIA GeForce GTX 580 Performance Review @ Benchmark Reviews
"Everyone who waited for NVIDIA to launch their Fermi graphics architecture felt like they had held back once it was finally released. The GF100 graphics processor that was packaged into the GTX 480 used less than its full potential, and it didn't create the wide performance margin everyone expected between competitors. Seven months later, NVIDIA has returned with their updated Fermi GF110 GPU, delivering all 512 CUDA cores in the GeForce GTX 580. Featuring a tweaked graphics processor that runs much cooler and uses less power than the GTX 480, the NVIDIA GeForce GTX 580 is tested by Benchmark Reviews against the Radeon 5970 and CrossFire 6870 video cards using the latest DirectX-11 video games."

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Kodak EasyShare M580 14MP Digital Camera Review @ ThinkComputers.org
"“Kodak was a company known for its standard film cameras, but lately they have been getting much more into the digital camera niche, creating some competition for better known digital camera manufacturers. Today we get to look at one of the high megapixel cameras of Kodak’s, the EasyShare M580 14MP Digital Camera with 8x Optical, 5x Digital Zoom and HD Video Capture."

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Monday, November 8, 2010
Xigmatek Utgard Computer Case Review @ Tweaknews
"Xigmatek's Utgard mid-tower chassis has a lot to recommend it. It's a great looking, robust chassis with an excellent feature set and great cooling performance. Configuration options abound in the Utgard, particularly in the cooling arena and front panel device placement."

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Compiler Benchmarks Of GCC, LLVM-GCC, DragonEgg, Clang
"LLVM 2.8 was released last month with the Clang compiler having feature-complete C++ support, enhancements to the DragonEgg GCC plug-in, a near feature-complete alternative to libstdc++, a drop-in system assembler, ARM code-generation improvements, and many other changes. With there being great interest in the Low-Level Virtual Machine, we have conducted a large LLVM-focused compiler comparison at Phoronix of GCC with versions 4.2.1 through 4.6-20101030, GCC 4.5.1 using the DragonEgg 2.8 plug-in, LLVM-GCC with LLVM 2.8 and GCC 4.2, and lastly with Clang on LLVM 2.8."

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OCZ RevoDrive X2 240GB PCIE SSD Review @ Legit Reviews
"OCZ has taken the already impressive RevoDrive and kicked it up to a whole new level with the RevoDrive X2. It simply rocks. It's hands-down the fastest SSD we have used and its elegant simplicity in use and installation makes it all the more appealing for users of all levels. The performance numbers put up by the OCZ RevoDrive X2 240GB PCIe SSD are insane and part of the reason it can reach such numbers is because of the PCI-E interface. A normal SATA II connection allows a theoretical bandwidth limit of 3Gbps or 375MB/s. The PCI Express interface is necessary to reach the potential of this beast..."

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VisionTek 6870 @ Bjorn3D
"With the familiarity of the ATI/AMD brand, many enthusiasts are interested in VisionTek's take on AMD's 6800 series. What makes VisionTek better than other brands is their lifetime warranty (limited), which everyone seems to love. One of very few companies to offer this type of warranty, VisionTek has certainly created a reputation for themselves. Currently, AMD is limiting the type of 6850 & 6870's vendors are able to release. Vendors are stuck with the reference design (PCB, fan, etc.), limited only to frequency (clocks) changes. Our VisionTek review sample, just like our HIS 6870 review sample, is 100% reference design, so similar results are to be expected."

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Gigabyte X58A-UD5 Intel X58 Motherboard Review @ ThinkComputers.org
"“Gigabyte has a full line of Intel X58 motherboards, today we will be taking a look at the X58A-UD5, which is much like the X58A-UD3R we reviewed back in February. The X58A-UD5 supports the latest Intel 6-core 32nm processors, features the latest generation of SuperSpeed USB 3.0 technology with super fast transfer rates of up to 5 Gbps, as well as Marvell’s new SE9128 chips for high-speed SATA 3.0 compatibility, delivering super fast 6Gbps link speeds. Other cool features like the 16 phase unlocked power design, dual power switching, USB charging support, and the Cloud OC and Hotkey OC are perfect for power users. Let’s take a look and see what all the X58A-UD5 has to offer."

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Mad Catz CoD: Black Ops ProGaming Glasses @ Benchmark Reviews
"I've always disliked wearing eyewear. Eventually laser corrective surgery fixed my vision to better than perfect, only to endure the burden of a frame resting on my nose when 3D products became popular. As the owner of Benchmark Reviews I've worked absurdly long hours for this website, which puts a terrible strain on my premium-priced eyes. There are times when testing a product means playing a video game for extended periods, turning my eyes from green to red. Enter the Mad Catz Call of Duty: Black Ops ProGaming glasses, designed by Gunnar Optiks. These themed glasses are promised to reduce eye strain and improve optical clarity, a claim I'm willing to test."

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Sunday, November 7, 2010
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 580 GPU Features Detailed At PDXLAN @ Legit Reviews
"NVIDIA has put up on Youtube a video of their"

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Inno3d nVidia GT 430 Graphics card Review @ XtremeComputing
"Today I'll be reviewing the new nVidia GT430 - manufactured by Inno3D. It would appear from pricing and marketing strategies, that the GT430 is aimed at media/low-end PC's, however, to conclude this; we'll have to see how well it does in our gaming benchmarks."

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Saturday, November 6, 2010
Belkin Shield Micra iPhone 4 Case Review @ ThinkComputers.org
"“If you purchased an iPhone 4 you must know about the dropped call issue and the case program. There is a flaw in the iPhone 4 that if you hold it a certain way without a case your calls will be dropped. Apple discovered this issue and started the case program offering a free case to users. You would download an app on your phone and select a case. When I did this I was surprised that many different cases were offered. Having not reviewed a case from Belkin before I decided to get the Shield Micra case. Let’s take a look…"

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Psyko Audio 5.1 Surround Sound Gaming Headset Review @ Legit Reveiws
"Psychoacoustic technology is fascinating and seeing the fruits of this research come to life in the Psyko 5.1 Gaming Headset is truly a site to behold and I think that Psyko Labs will continue to develop and refine the technology they have invented that is showcased in this headset. I think the most important aspect that needs to be taken away from this article is that this particular headset is not like its competitors in that it is not in any way shape or form a tool to make your gaming experience like a trip to the local THX movie theater, but it is more like a trip to kicking the asses of your opponents by getting the drop on where they are before they get to you..."

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Friday, November 5, 2010
Asus HD 6870 (EAH6870) @ Bjorn3D
"ASUS is one of AMD's oldest partners, and has always produced cards with their own little tweaks. Their latest HD6870 carries over the Voltage Tweak branding that we first saw on the Geforce GTX 470 and the Radeon HD5870. Unlike older Voltage Tweak cards that often come with a better cooler, the HD 6870 Voltage Tweak card uses nearly the same design as the reference card. The only difference is that ASUS put their own cooling shroud with the ASUS logo on the card. According to the marketing info on the box, the Voltage Tweak allows users to boost GPU voltage with the ASUS SmartDoctor software, to achieve up to 50% of performance gain. Let’s see how far we can push the card."

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Arctic Cooling Freezer 13 CPU Cooler Review @ ThinkComputers.org
"“Arctic Cooling is known for their CPU coolers and today we get to take a look at the Freezer 7 Pro Rev.2’s predecessor the Freezer 13. It features a small and compact design with a 92mm PWM fan pre-installed. The pre-applied MX-4 along with the included installation hardware makes installation quick and easy. Read on further to see how well it performs."

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MSI R6870 Video Card Review @ Benchmark Reviews
"AMD's first video card in the new HD 6xxx series occupies a brand new position in their video card product hierarchy. The Cypress chip, as used on the Radeon HD 5830 with 334 square millimeters of silicon, was way too big for just 1120 shaders and 16 ROPS. The new Barts GPU uses just 255 mm2 to do the same job only better, with twice the number of ROPs. Although AMD was denied the opportunity to roll out 32nm-based chips for this product cycle, they went back to the drawing board and optimized this new generation of GPUs for the current 40nm manufacturing process at TSMC. AMD did a better job of interpreting the rule book last time out, and their full line of 40nm GPUs stayed out in front for a full 6 months. AMD has successfully introduced an addition class of GPU (as defined by die size), to fill the performance gap that existed within the 5xxx series. You may have seen some benchmarks already, but please follow along with Benchmark Reviews as we take a complete look, inside and out, at the MSI R6870-2PM2D1GD5 graphics card."

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Thursday, November 4, 2010
World-Exclusive: PowerColor HD 6850 PCS+ 1 GB @ techPowerUp
"PowerColor's HD 6850 PCS+ is an overclocked variant of the HD 6850. But the changes do not stop here. PowerColor also includes their own cooling solution and has done extensive changes to the voltage regulation circuitry on the card. But is this enough to compete with the excellent AMD reference design?"

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Patriot Xporter XT Rage 32GB Flash Drive Review @ ThinkComputers.org
"“The USB flash drive has not really changed much. We have seen all types of flash drives over the past few year, ones that are practically indestructible and other that are waterproof, but the technology in the drive itself really has not changed. Patriot has decided to change this with the Xporter XT Rage line of USB flash drives. These drives feature a Quad Channel configuration, data is intelligently managed and transferred simultaneously to 4 NAND chips resulting in vastly enhanced performance, particularly write speeds: Rage improves on traditional USB 2.0 Flash Drives to offer up to 27MB/s read and 25MB/s write transfer speeds. Let’s take a look…"

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FOXCONN NT-330I Netbox @ techPowerUp
"There are a lot of Atom+ION Nettops, but the Foxconn Netbox is not only extremely compact, but it also offers some customizability along with a very affordable price tag and the choice of black or white colors. We fill it with the required parts and wrangle it through our test bench to see how it holds up."

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PowerColor Radeon HD 5770 v2 @ Benchmark Reviews
"A little over a year after the initial introduction of the Radeon HD 5770, PowerColor is still tweaking their take on what was then a revolutionary card for the mid-range price segment. Benchmark Reviews has the PowerColor AX5770 1GBD5-PPG v2 and has tested it's performance against the mid-range offering from NVIDIA, the GeForce GTS 450. The PowerColor Radeon HD 5770 is a PCS+ video card. These are video cards that PowerColor has factory overclocked to improve performance. With a clock speed of 875MHz and memory overclocked to 1225MHz, the PowerColor Radeon HD 5770 PPG is ready to game, and the 2nd-edition version we've received comes packaged with a coupon for Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2. Follow along as Benchmark Reviews disassembles and tests the PowerColor Radeon HD 5770 PPG video card."

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Wednesday, November 3, 2010
In Win Android Computer Case Review @ Tweaknews
"In Win's Android chassis has a very distinctive look that, while keeping with the robot theme, I find a little odd looking. The front panel treatment, with its removable covers, give the case an armored look, but with a big chink in it."

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Corsair Hydro H70 Water Cooler reviewed in Metku.net
"We reviewed the Hydro H50 all-in-one CPU water cooler last year and now Corsair has come up with a new, higher performance unit - the H70."

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Air SyncHD Wireless 1080p HDMI Transmitter Kit Review @ Legit Reviews
"The Air SyncHD allows you to wirelessly connect your HDMI components with your HDTV. The two configurations that brite-view imagines are wirelessly connecting your wall mounted HDTV and your component rack located off in the corner of the room or transmitting HD video from one room to another. At its most basic level, the Air SyncHD is a transmitter receiver system that allows you to wirelessly stream your HD video and audio signal between the two boxes. This $189 hardware solution couldn't be easier to setup and is unique in its ability to wirelessly stream uncompressed 1080p videos..."

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Five Years Of Linux Kernel Benchmarks
"While we have conducted studies related to the Linux kernel performance in the past such as benchmarking up to twelve kernel releases, going out the door this morning are the results from the largest-ever Linux kernel comparison conducted at Phoronix, and very likely the largest ever of its kind regardless of source. Every major Linux kernel release from Linux 2.6.12, which was released in mid-2005, up through the latest Linux 2.6.37 development code was tested. This represents the past five years of the Linux kernel and shows how the performance has evolved over the past 25 stable kernel releases and the most recent 2.6.37 development kernel."

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ASUS TUF X58 SABERTOOTH @ Bjorn3D
"One of the early launches of the TUF line was the Socket 1156 Sabertooth 55i, which met huge demand last year in India. The product was so popular because the motherboard is designed to handle higher ambient temperature and humidity conditions. The capacitors, chokes and MOFSETs (Metal oxide semiconductor field effect transistor) are tested to military standards by IST (Integrated Service Technology) in Taiwan. ASUS includes a certificate of reliability in the box, citing the specifications that the components are tested to. Additionally, copies of the test reports are available on their website."

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Psyko Audio 5.1 Gaming Headset Review @ ThinkComputers.org
"“The Dawn of Audio as a weapon, is the motto that Psyko Audio use’s as this is the first product they are releasing. Gamers nowadays are always looking for ways to better themselves at playing games. Along with trying to get advantages, while looking for these things in gaming setups gamers always look for the top notch headsets that will suit help their needs. Most people these days are looking for USB headsets since there easy and can be plugged into the front or back and can be used in any machine they have or will use. Today we will taking a look at the Psyko Audio 5.1 Gaming headset. This Headset is made only for gaming, so let’s fire up some games and get some gaming on."

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The Apple Hackintosh Experience @ Benchmark Reviews
"Our recently published guide Turning PC into Apple Macintosh: Hackintosh described my experience building a Hackintosh, and my thoughts on the concept as a long-time Macintosh computer user. The article was very popular and generated a lot of comments from our readers, some with recurring themes that I want to address here, as well as report on the longer-term use of the machine."

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Tuesday, November 2, 2010
QNAP TS-259 Pro+ NAS Review @ Tweaknews
"The QNAP TS-259 Pro+ NAS provides centralized storage for a busy network plus a whole lot more, and it does so with reliability and efficiency that is among the best in its class. Hardware wise, it boasts a 1.8GHZ dual-core Atom CPU and 1GB RAM that allow tasks like hosting a website, sharing out printers, and accessing files both locally and remotely to be done simultaneously."

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Corsair Force 40GB Boot Drive SSD Review @ Legit Reviews
"The Corsair Force 40GB SSD may be the baby in the Force Series family but that doesn't stop it from putting up numbers to rival that of its older siblings in most of our tests. If you are considering entering the world of SSDs but don't want to drop serious coin, this may be one of the best places to start. As far as other options go, the closest competitor is probably the Intel X25-V 40GB drive which can be found for roughly the same price but frankly, that drive is aging fast and overall does not offer the same performance as you will get from the Force 40GB drive. The 40GB Force drive performs superbly, albeit slightly behind its larger siblings. This can mostly be attributed to the lower density NAND but it still offers the fabulous SF-1200 controller with its support of TRIM and its proprietary DuraClass technology..."

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AZZA Hurrican 2000 @ techPowerUp
"AZZA has a very interesting line-up of cases so far and the Hurrican 2000 is their most sophisticated one yet. It features a menacing look, is filled to the rim with 8 fans (yes 8!) and hot-swap bays for each of the removable hard drive trays. We fill the case with everything - even water cooling and let loose the hurricane."

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Monday, November 1, 2010
3D Platform Wars: NVIDIA vs AMD vs HDTV @ Benchmark Reviews
"There's change in the wind, and nobody's really sure which way it will blow. 3D technology, once the land of red and blue, has matured through the years and now offers several new platform choices - some of which won't even require eyewear. Not many people will give NVIDIA the full credit of bringing 3D technology into the mainstream, but if there was a pioneer to be named they've certainly earned the title. Developed on years of stereoscopic vision research, NVIDIA released their first retail product at the tail end of 2008, branded GeForce 3D Vision. The past two years have grown this technology into a central feature, exclusive to their GeForce graphics product line, further evolving into a triple-display capability they've dubbed 3D Vision Surround. From many perspectives, it's appeared that NVIDIA has been the name behind 3D technology, especially in terms of 3D gaming, but the truth is that it's become a rather crowded market."

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DeepCool Ice Matrix 400 Cooler Review @ Tweaknews
"Deepcool's Ice Matrix 400 is a great looking tower cooler that installs easily and comes with a quiet fan and a lot of handy accessories. It also cools very well, as long as it doesn't get pushed too hard."

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Diamond, Sapphire & XFX AMD Radeon HD 6870 Video Card Roundup @ Legit Reviews
"The three cards we have here today are based of the AMD Radeon HD 6870 reference design, but as you can tell they all have different stickers on the front of them. The Diamond Multimedia Radeon HD 6870 XOC that we will be looking at today is the first factory overclocked 6870 that we have gotten our hands on. Rather than coming with factory clock speeds of 900MHz on the core and 1050Mhz on the memory it comes at 940MHz and 1100MHz, respectively. It will be fun to see in the benchmarks how the overclock helps in gaming performance..."

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LLVMpipe Scaling With Intel's Core i7 Gulftown
"When finding out that an Intel Core i7 970"

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ASUS ROG Crosshair IV Extreme @ Bjorn3D
"The ASUS Crosshair has a long legacy of being one of the best high-end motherboards for AMD systems. One of the trademarks of the Crosshair series is support for multi-GPU. While the first and second generations Crosshair motherboards support Nvidia SLI, the third generation only supports AMD CrossFire due to chipset limitation. Since there is currently no Nvidia chipset that will work with latest AMD processor, ASUS relied on a third party solution, Lucid’s Hydra chip, in order to bring SLI to the AMD platform."

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Sparkle Computer Gold Class 850W Power Supply Review @ ThinkComputers.org
"“Our friends at Sparkle Computer, manufacturer of some of the best non-reference geForce graphics cards in the industry, has recently gone into the power supply business, and have released their Gold Class series of power supplies. All of these PSUs are modular and 80Plus Gold certified. Today I will be looking at Sparkle Computer’s Gold Class 850 watt power supply, which is not only 80Plus Gold and modular, it sports a full five +12v rails. Read on to check out the Sparkle Computer Gold Class 850!"

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