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Friday, December 31, 2010
Cooler Master CM Storm SF-19 Strike Force Gaming Laptop Cooler Review @ Tweaknews
"Cooler Master’s CM Storm SF-19 is a top shelf gaming laptop cooler that really delivers the goods in every aspect of its intended niche. Good cooling performance backed up with a rich feature set, including a USB 3.0 hub, fan control and innovative lighting effects make this an outstanding focused product for the mobile gamer."

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CoolIT Systems ECO A.L.C. 240 CPU Cooler Review @ Legit Reviews
"Now the new ECO ALC 240 is just like the ECO ALC 120 in regards to the types of fans and pump/block unit. The only difference is the larger radiator. The ECO ALC 240 is a self-contained, sealed loop CPU water cooler. With the unit being sealed there is no need for the system coolant to be filled or topped off like a custom water cooling loop would require due to water evaporating from the coolant reservoir. This maintenance free operation is also one of the attractions for some users to use self-contained units."

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I-NA215U USB 3.0 enclosure and I-NPC01 USB 3.0 card @ Bjorn3D
"The I-NA215U Plus is an external hard drive enclosure released by Ineo Technology, which represents an optimal combination of compact and efficient. While equipped with the USB 3.0, which is able to support any 2.5” SATA laptop hard drive or solid state drive, it has an extremely compact and light casing made from a combination of polycarbonate and ABS (acrylonitrile butadiene styrene polymer). This material composition provides impact and heat resistance, with a lighter weight than aluminum. The casing has a unique design, including the transparent lid and blue LED light on top. The entire external design is very compact, with dimensions of 138 x 81 x 15 mm. It is, by far, one of the lightest 2.5” SATA enclosures available. On the inside, the casing has three way rubber padding to protect the hard drive and absorb vibrations."

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Zalman ZM-MH200 U3 USB 3.0 Dual HDD Docking Station Review @ ThinkComputers.org
"“Today’s storage needs are not that of what was required a few years ago, files are increasing larger in size. Whether it is movies, games, music, or pictures there is need for faster and larger drives. Most importantly with these growing demands comes the need for better access to that data, including higher speeds of transfer and ease of swapping drives between computers to share that data. This is where Zalman’s USB 3.0 HDD docking station comes into focus, it primary function to utilize the newest USB 3.0 technology to help users gain access to their data in one of the fastest ways possible, while still allowing the options for swapping and raid functionality should it be needed or required."

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Interview with Allan Campbell of KitGuru @ Benchmark Reviews
"Everyone has stories from the book of experience that is their life, with some more interesting than others. Allan Campbell operates KitGuru.net, a website focused on reporting computer technology news and product reviews. KitGuru is an interesting endeavor, but it's only the most recent chapter from the 39-year-old's life that began with a career in the Ireland newspaper industry where he used hot metal typography, a dying art. Benchmark Reviews present our interview with Allan Campbell, beginning with a few chapters from other parts of his life..."

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Thursday, December 30, 2010
Thermaltake TT ESports Challenger Pro Gaming Keyboard Review @ Tweaknews
"Overall, Thermaltake has left me impressed with the Challenger Pro gaming keyboard. It's well designed with rugged construction and features that will appeal to gamers such as replacement W A S D and arrow keys, a hand cooling fan, and even “dummy” covers for those pesky Windows keys."

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The Interesting Tale Of AMD's FirePro Drivers
"Earlier this week we published our annual look at AMD's Catalyst driver releases from the past year. Not only did the Catalyst Linux driver this year picked up a couple new features, its driver performance had improved slightly over the past twelve months. In building up some initial test data for OpenBenchmarking.org we decided not only to do these tests on the latest consumer-grade graphics card this year, but expand it to cover the workstation performance too and to go back nearly two years in time. These results for an AMD FirePro V8700 graphics card with the monthly driver updates going back to Catalyst 9.2 are quite interesting. AMD announced twice this year optimizations to their FirePro driver software, but in reality these"

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In Win Dragon Rider Full Tower E-ATX PC Case Review @ Legit Reviews
"The In Win Dragon Rider sure is an awesome case with its all black and spacious interior, and its ability to house almost any hardware configuration you can think of. Couple that with having the option to install eleven case fans, a great price point and a nice three year warranty, and I believe the In Win Dragon Rider would be a great case for anyone to use..."

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Patriot Viper Xtreme DDR3-2000 6GB Triple Channel Memory Kit Review @ ThinkComputers.org
"“DDR3 has really taken off in the past year and it only seemed like a little while ago 1333MHz DDR3 was the standard, but now it seems like 1600MHz DDR3 is now. While the 1600MHz memory is fine for most people us enthusiasts want the fastest memory possible for our system to run at its best. Today we will be looking at a very fast memory kit from Patriot. It is their Viper Xtreme PC3-16000 (2000MHz) 6GB triple channel kit with timings of 9-10-9-27. Let’s take a look at this kit and see what it can do!"

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Wednesday, December 29, 2010
Interview with Anand Lal Shimpi of AnandTech @ Benchmark Reviews
"Benchmark Reviews has educated and entertained readers for almost four years already, which doesn't seem like very long if you're looking in from the outside. Operating from within this industry, I've already weathered a few harsh storms and learned several difficult lessons in only a short period of time. This helps to grow my respect for other webmasters and their experiences, as I'm certain they've each got interesting tales of their own to share. In this editorial, Benchmark Reviews is pleased to present our interview with the author and founder of Anandtech: Anand Lal Shimpi..."

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Mach Xtreme MS-DS 120 GB SSD @ techPowerUp
"Mach Xtreme is a fairly new player to the memory and storage market. Their new MX-DS 120 GB SSD is based on the popular SF-1222 chip from SandForce which means it delivers leading performance without breaking the bank. In our review we test how it fares against other SSDs using SandForce and other controllers."

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Zowie EC2 Gaming Mouse @ techPowerUp
"Zowie a relatively unknown gamer brand recently released two new mice. The mice all feature the same 2000 DPI infrared sensor and are available in two different surface textures. Featuring a design that resembles that of the late great IntelliMouse Explorer 3.0, this 2000 DPI gamer mouse could be the next big thing amongst old school gamers. We put it to the test and see how it stacks up against the best gaming mice out there."

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DeepCool N8 Notebook Cooler Review @ ThinkComputers.org
"“It seems like there are a ton of notebook coolers out there, but you never know which one is going to work for you and which ones are just crap. Our friends at DeepCool make quite a few different notebooks coolers, there are over 20 on their website. They sent us over their N8 notebook cooler which is made of aluminum and has dual 140mm fans. Let’s check it out and see if it is the perfect cooler for your laptop."

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Inno3D Geforce GTX580 Overclock Review @ XtremeComputing
"Today I've got the Inno3D GTX580 Overclock to review. The latest and (hopefully) greatest single-gpu graphics card on the market. Seen to be a tweaked and perfected version of the GTX480, this card should be top boss. However, we'll see how it does in our benchmarks."

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Tom Clancy's H.A.W.X 2 Game Performance @ Benchmark Reviews
"With their recent release of H.A.W.X. 2, Ubisoft provides a fresh face for the FPS, MMO and RTS dominated gaming climate. It comes to Benchmark Reviews eighteen months after the less-known H.A.W.X. game. Unlike many flight sims of the past, which were nearly impossible for anyone to play, HAWX 2 is a mix between a full-blown simulator and and arcade shooter that can be played by almost anyone. So grab your flying cap and join us as at 15000 meters as we take a plane or two (or twenty) for an inverted spin."

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Tuesday, December 28, 2010
AMD CPUs in review - 1100T BE & 1075T & X4 970BE at Metku.net
"Yet another speed upgrade from AMD. This time we take a closer look at AMD's new CPU flagship model, the 1100T Black Edition. In this review we also feature 1075T and the latest X4 Phenom, the 970BE."

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Will Intel's Sandy Bridge & P67 Play Well With Linux?
"Next week Intel is set to roll out their much-anticipated"

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Kingston HyperX MAX USB 3.0 128GB External SSD Review @ Legit Reviews
"Overall performance of the Kingston HyperX Max 3.0 was great. It exceeded Kingston's rated specifications in our synthetic benchmarks and although limited by the USB 3.0 interface from really stretching its legs, it's a welcomed change from the slug that is USB 2.0. In case you missed it the Kingston HyperX MAX 3.0 has a read speed of up to 195MB/sec., and a write speed of up to 160MB/sec. We were able to hit 206MB/s read and 189MB/s write in ATTO. Fit and finish are excellent and the rounded edge design makes it comfortable to hold and small enough to fit in your pocket although it's obviously a fair amount larger than a thumb drive..."

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GIGABYTE Aivia K8100 @ Bjorn3D
"GIGABYTE's new foray into the specialty keyboard market resulted in the Aivia K8100 keyboard (Aivia is an acronym for Advanced, Intuitive, and Versatile Interface Archetype). The board has three different levels of elastic force keys, a digital touch and slide volume control, and 20 non-ghosting keystroke capability thanks to Gigabyte's new Ghost Macro Engine. The presentation is akin to showing off an exotic sports car, with the keyboards available in brilliant yellow, victory red, and a deep matte black. A unique feature is the ability to swap out the WASD keys with rubber coated replacements for additional tactile feel during gaming."

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Western Digital SiliconEdge Blue 256GB Solid State Drive Review @ ThinkComputers.org
"“Over the past year we have looked at quite a number of solid state drives. The surprising thing is that these drives have been from companies that are not known for storage products. They have mainly been from memory companies like OCZ, Corsair and Crucial. It is about time one of the big storage companies we all know stepped up and released a solid state drive. Well today we have one such drive from Western Digital. Today we will be taking a look at the SiliconEdge Blue 256GB solid state drive. This drive features read speeds of up to 250MB/s and write speeds of up to 170MB/s. Let’s take a look…"

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Monday, December 27, 2010
Penguin United Eagle Eye Converter 2.0 @ Benchmark Reviews
"For many years, there has been an ongoing fight between PC and Console gamers. One of the primary complaints of PC gamers has always been that fact the consoles have "inferior" controls lacking the precision of a keyboard and mouse. Penguin United's answer to this problem is the Eagle Eye Converter, which allows user to map their mouse and keyboard to a PS3 controller effectively allowing users to use a mouse and keyboard with any game in the PS3's library. In this review, Benchmark Reviews will see if the Eagle Eye Converter can quell the control complaints of hardcore PC gamers and help bring two separate communities together again."

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Corsair A70 CPU Cooler Review @ Tweaknews
"Corsair's A70 CPU cooler is an excellent cooling solution for the user who needs more cooling performance than either the OEM solution or lower priced aftermarket coolers can deliver. Corsair positions the A70 as a high performance CPU cooler that will provide the enthusiast with great cooling numbers and a reasonable price, not as a premium, maximum-effort air cooler."

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GlideTV Navigator HTPC Remote Review @ Legit Reviews
"If you own a HTPC you really should check out the GlideTV Navigator and the GlideTV software. In fact you can download and try out the software right here to see how it works for free. The software is nice, but the Navigator takes the HTPC experience up a notch and the price is right. At $49 the GlideTV Navigator is affordable and it works! If you have to pull out a wireless keyboard and mouse every time you go to watch a move you'll find that once you have a GlideTV you'll seldom need to use either of those as the Navigator is all you need..."

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AMD 2010 Catalyst Driver Year In Review
"Earlier this month we delivered our annual performance look at NVIDIA's 2010 Linux graphics drivers and now the tables have turned to do our annual examination of the ATI/AMD Catalyst graphics drivers for the Radeon graphics processors. This was certainly an interesting year -- both good and bad -- for AMD with their Catalyst Linux driver."

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Vantage Advanced Liquid Cooling by CoolIT Systems @ Bjorn3D
"For those who do not or cannot build a full-fledged liquid cooling system, the Vantage A.L.C. (advanced liquid cooling) from CoolIT Systems appears to be a good choice."

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ASUS M4A88TD-M/USB3 AMD 880G mATX Motherboard Review @ ThinkComputers.org
"“When it comes to building a PC there are many choices when it comes to your components. One of the biggest decisions is what motherboard to get. Many people always have their mind set on a traditional ATX motherboard, but if you want to build a smaller PC that is easy to take with you a mATX board might suit you better. Many mATX boards offer the same features as ATX boards and cost much less. Today we will be like a look at the M4A88TD-M/USB3 from ASUS. It features support for AMD 6-core processors, has built-in Radeon HD 4250 graphics, SATA 6GB/s ports and USB 3.0 support. Let’s take a look…"

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Sunday, December 26, 2010
Gigabyte GeForce GTX 480 Super Over Clock @ Benchmark Reviews
"The GeForce GTX 480 got an incredible amount of criticism when it first came out. To be honest, I think a lot of people were just letting off steam at NVIDIA for taking so long! The three biggest concerns were: an architecture that wasn't optimized for gaming, power consumption, and its evil twin - heat. A short while after the release date, Benchmark Reviews started seeing new cards that consumed less power and weren't so toasty. Now, at the twilight of the product life for the GTX 480, a few vendors have attempted to put those problems completely to rest. The Gigabyte GV-N480SO-15I GeForce GTX 480 Super Over Clock is one of the best examples of that effort, and it represents what the GTX 480 could have and should have been at its launch. There are a ton of benchmarks out there for the reference GTX 480 already, but let's dig a little deeper and take a complete look, inside and out, at Gigabyte's premium GTX 480 video card."

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Griffin iTrip Auto Universal Plus Review @ ThinkComputers.org
"“I love having an iPhone, it is a phone, media player, portable gaming device, camera and much more. I’m sure if you don’t have an iPhone but have a smartphone it acts as many of these things too. I love having my music collection on my phone because I always have my phone with me. I’m sure that in your area the radio stations play the same music over and over again and it would be great to listen to your music from your smartphone or any other device in your car. Griffin knows this and they have came out with the iTrip Auto Universal Plus, which is an FM transmitter that works with any device that has a 1/8-inch audio jack and it also has a USB power port to charge your device."

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Foxconn P67A-S Intel P67 Preview @ techPowerUp
"Foxconn details one of their upcoming P67 motherboards for the Sandy Bridge Platform that will be released in January next year. The P67A-S is a mainstream part for the enthusiast who does not want to spend hundreds of dollars but still aims to get as much functionality as possible."

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Friday, December 24, 2010
Cooler Master HAF X Full-Tower Computer Case Review @ Tweaknews
"Cooler Master made a big splash with the introduction of the original HAF chassis, and they have continued to develop and refine the design, resulting in the HAF X that we've seen today. Sporting a similar military/industrial look, the HAF X adds some convenience features and improved cooling, particularly with regard to multi-graphic card solutions."

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Thursday, December 23, 2010
MP4Nation Brainwavz M2 In-ears @ techPowerUp
"MP4Nations Brainwavz M2 is the slightly odd name for a set of mid-end in-ears. Despite the name, the in-ears boast a wealth of small innovations that makes them very competitive at their respective price point."

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Kingston SSDNow V100 (SV100S2D/128GZ) @ Bjorn3D
"JMicron was one of the first budget SSD controllers to appear on the market. A year ago, if asked for a budget SSD, we would have suggested staying away from JMicron-based SSDs, simply because of their poor performance. Even with their low price, it was still not worth buying SSDs based on the JMicron 602 controller. However, the engineers at JMicron have been doing their homework, and have redesigned the controller. Their latest JM612/JM618 is supposed to have fixed the issues with the older controller."

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Wednesday, December 22, 2010
Hanns-G HZ281HPB WideScreen LCD Monitor @ Benchmark Reviews
"In the 2D market, the video monitor is essentially the last piece of hardware in the complex conversion of computer data into visual images. LCD monitors ranging from 22 inch to 26 inch, are now affordable to most consumers. But, many of you are hungry for bigger monitors with better than 1080p (1920x1080) resolution. And these features have generally been out of the acceptable price range. Benchmark Reviews presents the Hanns·G HZ281HPB widescreen LCD monitor by Hannspree. It's an affordable 2D monitor with a 27.5 inch viewable screen, and native 1920x1200 resolution. If you are looking for a colossal monitor, with a great image and economic price, then the Hanns·G HZ281 might be the one for you."

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Interview: AMD's Terry Makedon A.K.A. CatalystMaker @ Legit Reviews
"As of January 1st, 2011 I will indeed switch roles within AMD. I will be working on the exciting new Fusion APU's and will be managing the software marketing for those products. The reason for the switch is very simple. AMD will be launching something very revolutionary with our APU's (Accelerated Processing Unit). I have the opportunity to be involved in something the world has never seen before and to be part of it from the ground level. This is the reason AMD acquired ATI in fact - bringing APU's to market and combining CPU and GPU functionality in a single package. Think about the possibilities!"

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A-DATA S599 128 GB SSD @ techPowerUp
"A-DATA's S599 128 GB SSD uses the well-established SandForce SF-1222 controller. This results in a high-performance solution - actually it is the fastest SandForce drive we tested so far. Excellent performance and an outstanding price of $225 make this one of the best SSDs available on the market at this time."

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Akasa Venom @ techPowerUp
"Akasa made an attempt to spice up product design by giving one of its latest CPU coolers a mean toxic-yellow color scheme, backed by a well-equipped heatsink design. Can the Akasa Venom strike a sweet-spot between looks and performance?"

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Amazon EC2 Cloud Benchmarks
"Following last week's KVM vs. VirtualBox benchmarks and then looking at the multi-core scaling of KVM virtualization, we now have up some benchmarks of Amazon's EC2 (Elastic Compute Cloud) looking at the performance of this leading cloud computing service. This is just the start of some Amazon EC2 benchmarks with this article looking at the performance of their m1.large and m1.xlarge instances compared to some other hardware. There is also an OpenBenchmarking.org ID for those interested in replicating these tests."

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Sapphire Radeon HD 6950 2GB Video Card Review @ ThinkComputers.org
"“Just last week we got our first look at NVIDIA’s GTX 580 based on the GF110 GPU. NVIDIA went back and made some changes to not only make the new cards faster, but for them to consume less power and run cooler. While everyone has been excited about the GF110 GPU and the 2 new cards from NVIDIA we all expected AMD to come back with something before the end of the year and they have with Cayman. Cayman is the codename for AMD’s new GPU design. With this new GPU design they have released 2 cards the HD 6970, which is of course the high-end card and the HD 6950 is the mid-range card designed to fit in the $300 segment. Today we will be taking a look at the Radeon HD 6950 from Sapphire that features a dual graphics engine, 2GB of GDDR5 and 88 texture units."

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Lian-Li PC-Q08B Aluminum Mini Tower PC Case @ Benchmark Reviews
"Mini-ITX is definitively one of the bigger sensations of the moment. In 2009, Mini-ITX products were significantly slower than nowadays. The difference between going from an Intel Atom to a Core i7 or Core i5 processor is just huge. But when you're an avid gamer who loves to visit LANs, friends and events, your weapon consists on a (CPU+GPU) combo, and not only a powerful CPU. But where could you put a mid-end or high-end GPU in a mini-ITX case if they only offer half-sized PCI slots (if any) and poor cooling solutions? Thinking about this, Lian-Li has launched their Mini-Q PC-Q08 Aluminum case. This mini tower case features a 300mm maximum video card size, as well as space for 7 storage drives and full ATX PS/2 PSUs for maximum system's performance. Is the Lian-Li PC-Q08B Aluminum Mini Tower PC Case good enough to build a powerful, yet small gaming system? Benchmark Reviews will install a decent gamer's PC inside it and check if it lives up to its claims."

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Tuesday, December 21, 2010
Akasa noir S 2.5" USB 3.0 @ techPowerUp
"USB 3.0 enclosures seem to become more affordable by the minute and the noir S combines a stylish brushed Aluminum shell with the new, speedy interface. We take the unit apart and give it a run for its money to see how the no-frills USB 3.0 enclosure performs."

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Linux Gaming: Native vs. Wine vs. Windows 7 Performance
"Linux gaming has a bright future ahead with the forthcoming Unigine games, successful indie campaigns, and many other Linux-native game titles being just out on the horizon. Right now though if you are a dedicated PC gamer looking to satisfy your entertainment appetite under Linux, more than likely you find yourself using the Wine program so that you can run many Windows programs under Linux. What is the performance impact though of using this method? In this article, we have a couple benchmarks comparing the performance of Wine, native Linux game binaries, and the native Microsoft Windows 7 Professional performance."

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ECS P67H2-A Black Extreme Motherboard Preview @ Legit Reviews
"One of the first features that stands out on the ECS P67H2-A Black Extreme is the memory support. It will support dual channel memory up to 2133MHz. The ECS P67H2-A Black Extreme will support 16Gb of memory in a 4Gb x 4 DIMM configuration. Along the right edge of the ECS P67H2-A Black Extreme we can find a series of LED's that will indicate how many power phases that the CPU is utilizing. Immediately to the right of the four DIMM slots are a series of six easy measure points. These allow you to check the voltages that the system is actually pumping through your components. The Voltages that you can check here are the; vCore, DIMM, IMC (integrated memory controller), PCH (south bridge), PLL voltage, and of course we have a grounding point..."

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AMD Catalyst 10.12 Performance Analysis @ techPowerUp
"In this article we will investigate how much the HD 4870, HD 5870, GTX 285 and GTX 480 have gained over the lifetime of their driver releases. We also put this in contrast to what the latest AMD Catalyst 10.12 driver update can deliver."

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GIGABYTE GA-P67A-UD4 Preview @ Bjorn3D
"We recently previewed the Gigabyte GA-P67A-UD7 motherboard. It looks like it will be a motherboard that most of us will only dream of. The UD7 is designed for extreme overclockers, gamers and enthusiasts, but from our observations, many users aren't necessarily extreme overclockers, gamers, and enthusiasts. While the UD7 will be the most reliable and stable motherboard of GIGABYTE's P67 lineup of motherboards, the GA-P67A-UD4 will fit perfectly for those looking at upgrading their older Core 2 Duo, Core 2 Quad or even the recent i3, i5, or i7 motherboards. The P67A-UD4 motherboard should offer plenty of features that enthusiasts and gamers will be looking for, like USB 3.0, SATA III, SLI and CrossFire X support, as well as excellent high-quality PCB and component design with overclocking features that will make applications fly using the latest processors coming to the market this January."

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Arctic K381 Multimedia Slim Keyboard Review @ XtremeComputing
"Arctic Cooling, a company well known and respected for quiet cooling gear have decided to branch out in the products they offer, today we are looking at their latest Keyboard the Arctic K831."

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PowerColor PCS+ HD 5870 Graphics Card Review @ Tweaknews
"When it comes to the decision of upgrading to the latest and greatest, the PowerColor PCS+ HD 5870 sure doesn't make that decision easy. In some benchmarks, it pulled ahead, and in other game which highly rely on tessellation, it fell behind. Where the decision comes in is whether the difference in your mind is worth the US$50-$70 for a couple frames per second."

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Thermaltake Tt eSPORTS Challenger Pro Gaming Keyboard Review @ ThinkComputers.org
"“The Thermaltake Tt eSPORTS line of gaming products is new to the market. It includes a variety of products including mice, keyboards, headsets and mousepads. Today we have the opportunity to review our first Tt eSPORTS product, the Challenger Pro Keyboard. This keyboard features an adjustable red back light illumination, two onboard USB 2.0 ports, as well as a personal cooling fan. Read on further to see what else this keyboard has in store."

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Monday, December 20, 2010
ASUS Xonar Xense PCI-E Sound Card Kit @ Benchmark Reviews
"From the boom of an artillery shell to the stealthy footsteps of a lone gunman, a gamer listens with ears perked and attention focused. Bullets whirring all around and the hum of a mistreated headset prod at players attention, all the while a subtle drop of a nade pin occurs nearby. No one notices. ASUS recognise the importance of a good audio solution and have provided Benchmark Reviews their very latest in gaming audio cards - the ASUS Xonar Xense. Not to be outdone, the Xense comes in kit form that includes a Senhiesser PC-350 headset."

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Zalman CNPS9900 MAX @ techPowerUp
"Zalman and its unique fin-ring type heatsinks ruled the roost once upon a time, but things changed with the advent of tower-type coolers. Zalman continued to innovate with a redesigned CNPS9900 MAX, even after going tower-design with the CNPS 10 series. Exactly what made Zalman go back to its traditional design?"

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Acer Aspire 7551G Laptop Review - AMD Phenom II X4 N930 @ Legit Reviews
"Having never used a laptop this large, it's a little overwhelming at first, especially coming from the 11 inch notebook in our last review. Once you get over the difference in size and realize how fast the Acer Aspire 7551G is and how well it can run games it's easy to see that you could take this to a LAN and have a great time with a no fuss set up. The ATI Mobility Radeon HD 5650 provides an excellent gaming experience.."

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Penguin United Eagle Eye Playstation 3 PS3 USB Keyboard / Mouse Convertor Review @ Tweaknews
"Bringing the PC gaming experience to a console is no easy task, but Penguin United's Eagle Eye Converter succeeds in providing gamers the precision of a keyboard and mouse combo on the PS3 - and it does so without lag."

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Mach Xtreme FX USB 3.0 Flash Drive 64 GB @ techPowerUp
"Mach Xtreme has managed to bring a USB 3.0 flash drive to market with some very interesting performance numbers coupled with a very affordable price. We push the stick through our benchmarks to see if it manages to stay Xtreme or just fizzles into oblivion."

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Antec Lanboy Air Open-Frame Case @ Benchmark Reviews
"The Lanboy Air case is the most recent in a long line of enclosures from Antec. Cases from Antec generally score high points among computer enthusiasts not only for their looks, but also for their ability to keep air moving inside the case. An overclocked PC requires a good case with a lot of air flow in order to keep all the important components safe from overheating. While a low-end PC used mainly for internet or word processing might be fine tucked away in the drawer of a desk and enclosed in the least expensive case you can find, the same is not true of any gaming or enthusiast computer. In this article, Benchmark Reviews takes you on a detailed tour inside and out of Antec's newest case, the Lanboy Air."

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Sunday, December 19, 2010
Speedlink CUE Multitouch Mouse reviewed in Metku.net
"CUE is a new multitouch mouse from Speedlink. Let us see how well this tool performs and can it replace your old rodent located under your palm."

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Saturday, December 18, 2010
Corsair Vengeance DDR3-1600 8GB Dual Channel Memory Kit Review @ ThinkComputers.org
"“Corsair is a company that we all know for memory and rightfully so, their Dominator Series of memory has been the flagship for their DDR3 line for some time now. Today we will be looking at a new enthusiast line of memory called Vengeance. The Vengeance line is aggressively priced and with a lower voltage rating of 1.5V instead of the normal 1.65V you should be able to these modules to the limit. Today we will be taking a look at the 8GB 1600MHz dual channel DDR3 kit (CMZ8GX3M2A1600C9) and putting it through it’s paces. Read on to see how well them perform!"

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Friday, December 17, 2010
In Win Griffin Computer Case Review @ Tweaknews
"In Win's Griffin chassis has a lot going for it. A budget case with good cooling (due in large part to the big side panel fan,) is always good to see and a real boon to the enthusiast with limited funds. With a distinctive look and nice features like a hidden I/O panel and tool-free drive clips, the Griffin delivers a lot of bang for the buck."

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CoolIT Vantage A.L.C. CPU Water Cooler Review @ Legit Reviews
"The Vantage A.L.C. is a self-contained CPU water cooler; what that means is the unit is sealed. With the unit being sealed there is no need for the system to be filled, or topped off, like a custom water cooling loop would require due to water evaporating from the coolant reservoir. This maintenance free operation is also one of the attractions for some users to self-contained units like the Vantage A.L.C..."

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NVIDIA 2010 Driver Year In Review
"At the end of each year for the past five years we have delivered"

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Gunnar Optiks Midnight 3D Eyeglasses Review - Ready For TRON Legacy 3D @ Legit Reviews
"We took a field trip to L.A. Live’s Regal Cinemas to see see Tron: Legacy in Digital 3D and test our Gunnar Midnight 3D glasses. We started off watching the previews with both the Gunnar and theater-provided glasses. I basically had one pair on my head and would alternate watching the various scenes and they appeared. With about 15 minutes of 3D previews it was a good way to see the difference – the dramatic differences between the optics. The plastic theater glasses worked and the wearer could see the 3D effect, but the Gunnar Midnight’s made the picture jump out at you. The picture was so much clearer as well. My friends who were with me kept complaining about the fit of their 'freebie' glasses. I was extremely comfortable with the Gunnar Midnight's..."

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Lian Li PC-Q08 Mini-ITX Cube Case Review @ ThinkComputers.org
"“Mini-ITX motherboards are becoming more and more powerful and with that we can do a lot more with them. Their small size and low cost makes them perfect for home theater PC’s (HTPC’s). When putting together your HTPC system you want a case that is very visually appealing, but still has enough room for all of your media drives and has the necessary connections for easy file transfers. Today we will taking a look at the PC-Q08 from Lian Li which has room for 6 3.5-inch hard drives has 2 front mounted USB 3.0 ports."

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Cubitek XL-Tank Preview @ techPowerUp
"Exclusive, in-depth preview of a brand new player in the Aluminum Case market: Cubitek. The Tank Series of cases aim to bring some turmoil into the strong grip exerted by Lian Li and we have the chance to take a quick look at one of their cases, set to be released in Q1 2011."

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Thursday, December 16, 2010
ROCCAT Kone+ Gaming Mouse reviewed in Metku.net
"We are not new to ROCCAT's products as we've already reviewed their mobile gaming mouse, Pyra, as well as the Vire earphones and Tusko TFT-carry case. So far the products have offered great quality, so when we heard of the new Roccat Kone+ mouse, the expectations were already high."

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Intel Core I7 950 3.06GHz Quad Core Processor Review @ Legit Reviews
"Without a doubt, the Intel Core I7 950 was against some stiff competition today. It was a battle for the top spot among the sub-$300.00 processors today. When it comes to the overall performance, the Intel Core I7 950 did a great job! The numbers speak for themselves! The main competition for the Intel Core I7 950 would be the AMD Phenom II X6 processors. Through out testing today, the two sets of processors did a great job and it was a pretty fair competition. There were a few tests that the Intel Core I7 950 had a serious advantage over the AMD Phenom II X6 1100T Black Edition..."

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Razer Lachesis 5600 DPI Gaming Mouse @ techPowerUp
"Razer has just released a revamped version of their old Lachesis mouse. The revision features a much newer Philip Twin-eye laser sensor which is capable of producing coherent tracking at up to 200 IPS, at a maximum resolution of 5600 DPI. We put it to the test and see if this specification-monster is good in real life application."

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Western Digital Caviar Black 1TB (WD1002FAEX) SATA 6GB/s Hard Drive Review @ ThinkComputers.org
"“With all of the solid state hard drives that came out this year it seems like traditional hard drives sort of took a back seat, unless you were looking to get a large capacity drive. One thing that many people may have overlooked was the availability of SATA 6GB/s drives. A SATA 6GB/s drive has double the transfer rate (6GB/s compared to 3GB/s) as the SATA II drive that is currently in your system. Today we will be taking a look at the Western Digital Caviar Black 1TB SATA 6GB/s Hard Drive and see how it compares to some other SATA drives. Let’s check it out!"

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Wednesday, December 15, 2010
ASUS Xonar Essence STX PCI-E Sound Card @ Benchmark Reviews
"People spend hundreds on their CPUs, GPUs, motherboards, storage and memory, but dedicated sound is soft considered an unnecessary expense. Why pay for a card when your motherboard has a Realtek chipset? ASUS refuses to believe that onboard sound is enough. In our possession is their flagship audiophile audio card, the Essence STX, prepped for rigorous testing here at Benchmark Reviews. They claim "ultra-high fidelity" sound, and a remarkable 124dB signal-to-noise ratio on the front output. Will the onboard solution take a thrashing by this menacing card, or are enthusiasts correct in sticking with whatever their motherboard supplies?"

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XFX HD 6970 Graphics Card Review @ Tweaknews
"XFX's reference based version HD 6970 performs exactly like any other reference version at the time of release. Although there was a lot of high expectations for this card, in the end it can be summed up as a mixed bag of good and under-whelming."

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AMD HD6950 and HD6970 @ Bjorn3D
"A few months ago AMD created quite the confusion when they released the HD6870 and HD6850, two GPU’s that contrary to their naming did NOT replace the HD5870 and HD5850. The reason for the naming change was that AMD wanted to rearrange their naming scheme and use HD69x0 for the enthusiast/high-end GPU’s like HD6990, HD6970 and HD6950 while leaving HD68x0 for the performance cards."

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Sapphire HD 6950 @ Bjorn3D
"While NVIDIA refines the Fermi core, AMD is launching a brand new GPU design codenamed Cayman. Cayman is going to be AMD’s flagship products for 2011. The two cards that are released today, the HD 6970 and the HD 6950, are the first cards off the Cayman architecture. The HD 6970 is going to be AMD’s flagship product where it is aimed to compete against NVIDIA’s GTX 580 for the fastest GPU crown, while the HD 6950 is kind of AMD’s secret weapon that is designed to fill the void of the GPU market at $300 price range."

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Inno3D Geforce GTX460 OC Review @ XtremeComputing
"Some readers may remember that my first review of a GTX460 card was pretty negative - quite simply, the 768MB version I had been sent to test was no better than my GTX275 other than the DX11 capabilities, and in fact scored lower in most benchmarks than my older gen card. However, today I am reviewing the 1GB version - and not only that, the Inno3D"

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AMD Radeon HD 6950 & 6970 CrossFire Video Card Reviews @ Legit Reviews
"We knew coming into this review that AMD's Radeon HD 6970 video card wouldn't be able to beat out the NVIDIA GeForce GTX 580 and we know that will upset many of the AMD fans that have been waiting for this card. AMD told us that NVIDIA would have them beat when it comes to single card performance, but that they would have a much better price point. At $369 the AMD Radeon HD 6970 is priced to compete with the NVIDIA GeForce GTX 570 and we have to say the two cards traded blows. In the 11 benchmarks that we ran the GeForce GTX 570 won six and the Radeon HD 6970 won five of them. As you can see these two cards are very close in terms of gaming performance and even the price tag is pretty close..."

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PowerColor Radeon HD 6970 Video Card @ Benchmark Reviews
"With the introduction of AMD's Cayman GPU, the Radeon HD 6870 video card becomes their flagship DirectX-11 desktop video card. Gamers can expect the PowerColor Radeon HD 6970 to quench their thirst for demanding graphics power while introducing several new MSAA modes such as Enhanced Quality Anti-Aliasing (EQAA). The PowerColor Radeon HD 6970 features enhanced DirectX 11 tessellation effects, while still producing top-end frame rates to help gamers build their killstreak. In addition to a new VLIW4 shader core architecture, the Cayman GPU also offers accelerated multimedia playback and transcoding, AMD HD3D stereoscopic technology, and the 3D Blu-ray multi-view CODEC (MVC). In this article, Benchmark Reviews tests graphical frame rate performance of the PowerColor AX6970 2GBD5-M2DH using the most demanding PC video game titles and benchmark software available."

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ASUS Radeon HD 6950 CrossFire @ techPowerUp
"In this review we will look at the performance of two Radeon HD 6950 cards running in CrossFire. This delivers a massively powerful graphics solution that is over 25% faster than NVIDIA's GeForce GTX 580 and also beats AMD HD 5970. At $600, this setup also manages to deliver maximum price/performance when looked at from a high-end graphics angle."

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HIS Radeon HD 6950 2 GB @ techPowerUp
"HIS Radeon HD 6950 is a new option in the $300 upper midrange graphics card segment. It has enough power to play the latest titles in Full HD resolution. Thanks to improved geometry and tesselation engines it also promises to deliver increased performance in latest titles compared to the Radeon HD 5870."

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Tuesday, December 14, 2010
HIS Radeon HD 6970 2 GB @ techPowerUp
"AMD's new Radeon HD 6970 comes with an improved shader architecture that promises more performance with less transistors, consuming less power. Another interesting aspect is the inclusion of a power limitation system that ensures maximum performance when needed and avoids damage to the graphics cards."

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Vantec Nexstar NST-D400S3 SuperSpeed USB 3.0 Dual Bay Hard Drive Dock Review @ Tweaknews
"Vantec has been on a roll lately with their NexStar line of storage products, and their USB 3.0 dual bay HDD dock is no exception. What stands out with this unit is the ability to access two hard drives simultaneously – something that is handy for all types of buyers ranging from the casual home PC user to network admins who need a quick way to access data on a hard drive."

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Verbatim Store`n´Go 320 GB @ techPowerUp
"There are literally thousands of choices out there when buying a pre-configured external hard drive. With many factors to account for, like warranty duration, price, looks, size or performance, the choice is hard. We take a look at the Verbatim Store'n'Go 320GB which is available in loads of different colors, to see if it delivers on all of these aspects."

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Zotac GeForce GTX 580 1536MB Video Card Review @ ThinkComputers.org
"“Just about a month ago NVIDIA announced the new Fermi GF110 GPU and the GeForce GTX 580 video card. This will be NVIDIA’s new flagship card replacing the older GTX 480. The GF100 GPU was never what NVIDIA meant it to be and they went back and revised it a little bit for this new line of cards. This means they were able to achieve higher clock speeds and all 512 CUDA cores are enabled. Today we will be looking at a reference model from Zotac, the ZT-50101-10P. Let’s see how this card compares to the competition."

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Monday, December 13, 2010
SteelSeries 6Gv2 Mechanical Gaming Keyboard @ Benchmark Reviews
"Benchmark Reviews has tested all sorts of gaming peripherals in the past, today we are taking an in depth look at the SteelSeries 6Gv2 mechanical Gaming Keyboard. The 6Gv2 is the little brother of the 7G and does away with some of the unneccesary features of an already basic gaming keyboard and for a good reason too, the 7G is a little on the expensive side. The 6Gv2 does away with the USB hub, the audio ports and the wrist rest. The price is still a little high at $99.99 but it is certainly better than the price of the 7G, essentially the 6Gv2 is a stripped down version so lets see if it's worth your hard earned cash."

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Akasa Baymaster AK-ICR-10 @ techPowerUp
"The Akasa Baymaster combines a 2.5 inch hot-swap bay with an array of slots for different memory cards - all in a very compact 3.5 inch drive bay. You even get two different colored front, so that the affordable device looks good in every case."

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In-Win Ironclad Full Tower Case @ Bjorn3D
"The Ironclad is aimed at a demanding audience with the ability to assist over-clocking in a variety of ways. Thermal solutions include a large 220mm side fan, four 120mm fans, and four holes designed with water cooling in mind. A fine metal mesh covers the majority of the openings, preventing the hurricane inside from sucking up dust or pet hair."

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Corsair A50 CPU Cooler Review @ Tweaknews
"Corsair's A50 CPU cooler is an excellent cooling solution for the user who wishes to upgrade from the OEM cooler for quieter operation and more overclocking headroom. Corsair positions the A50 as an upgrade to the OEM cooler and not as a premium, maximum-effort air cooler."

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Sunday, December 12, 2010
Lian Li PC-V1020R Full Tower Computer Case @ Benchmark Reviews
"There's been a lot of innovation in the computer case market in the last couple of years, and while there have been some real advances in features and utility, there's also been some stuff that's best described as "silly". As cases evolve to handle the demands of enthusiast systems, Lian Li has been updating their traditional designs to meet the challenges posed by the competition (and your hot components). Today Benchmark Reviews looks at the Lian Li PC-V1020 full tower aluminum computer case..."

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PhotoFast IPADock - The Mother of all iPad Docks @ Bjorn3D
"Considering the success of the iPod, iPhone, and iPad, most consumers now have one (if not more) of these products. With several of these in the household, the question arises: How to charge them all? Cable-charging from the computer or the wall works, but with more than two devices, the cables quickly become messy and tangled."

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Logitech Wireless Illuminated Keyboard K800 reviewed in Metku.net
"This time we take a closer look at a keyboard that is not primarly aimed towards the gaming community. The original Logitech Illuminated got lots of praise for its superb typing touch, so the K800 has a lot to stand up to."

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XtremeComputing Christmas Giveaway - Win a ITX gaming rig
"So to put it straight one lucky winner will receive a fully ready to go i5 based (minus operating system) mini ITX gaming rig with the one of the best keyboards on the market and what I think is one of the best Headsets on the market as well as mouse. An Amazing prize fund with a total value of Approx £800..... Now Xtreme Santa has been Xtremely (excuse the pun :P) kind this year...."

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AMD Radeon vs NVIDIA GeForce: Desktop Graphics Last Stand @ BmR
"Over the past several years of testing desktop graphics hardware, I've enjoyed a unique perspective of the internal happenings that remain hidden from the public. Much like politics, there is the truth, and then there's what you've been convinced into believing. I've watched their tactics, and witnessed their desperate attempts to sway consumer opinion. As competition for sales within the desktop graphics segment provokes fierce competition, it also raises the stakes for the companies involved. NVIDIA's Fermi GF110-powered GeForce GTX 580 sets the standard, but will AMD's VLIW4 architecture Cayman GPU save the Radeon HD 6970? In this editorial article, I'll share my opinion of what appears to be the last stand between the AMD Radeon and NVIDIA GeForce desktop graphics platform."

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Friday, December 10, 2010
BitFenix Survivor Mid Tower PC Case Review @ Legit Reviews
"The second case offering from BitFenix is a nice one. The Survivor is a small case with lots of features and is easy to use. The Survivor is also subtle in its looks -- not to flashy like its big brother, the Colossus. The Survivor still has LED lighting, but scaled way back, and even then if that is too much you have the ability to turn the lighting off. The handle feature on the Survivor could be quite attractive to those on the move with their systems. Some may not like that it blocks some of the top exhaust, though..."

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Linux Can Deliver A Faster Gaming Experience Than Mac OS X
"Earlier this week on Phoronix were new benchmarks of Ubuntu Linux vs. Mac OS X using a new Apple Mac Book Pro with an Intel Core i5 CPU and a NVIDIA GeForce GT 330M graphics processor. When looking at the tests results overall it ended up being a competitive race between these two Microsoft Windows competitors. In some areas, like the OpenCL computational performance, Apple's operating system commanded a sizable lead. In other areas, like the OpenGL graphics performance, Ubuntu Linux backed by NVIDIA's official but proprietary driver was in control. Here's an additional set of tests showing the measurable leads of NVIDIA Linux over Mac OS X with Apple's NVIDIA driver."

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Xigmatek Aegir SD128264 @ techPowerUp
"Xigmatek makes sure each new product has a little something new to look out for, often these turn out to be as revolutionary as the "Heatpipe Direct Touch" (HDT) itself. With the Aegir SD128264, Xigmatek claims to have taken HDT to the next level (quite literally), and added a second level of heatpipes that draw heat from the CPU. Will this innovation bear fruit?"

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Arctic Cooling Arctic MX-4 Thermal Paste Review @ ThinkComputers.org
"“One of the main things when ether building a new high end system or trying to make your current system run cooler is good thermal paste. There are a ton of brands out there with many different ones to choose from, ranging from just basic paste to thermal paste made out of crushed diamonds. Choosing the best thermal paste will allow you to run your computer cooler and for the overclockers to be able to push the CPU further while allowing the processor and the cooler or water cooling to do its job. Today we will be testing out the Arctic Cooling Arctic MX-4 Thermal Paste."

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Thursday, December 9, 2010
SteelSeries 7G Mechanical Gaming Keyboard @ Benchmark Reviews
"When you are shopping for a gaming keyboard what features are at the forefront of your mind? If you are looking for LED backlit keys, an LCD display or macro keys then you won't find them here. Benchmark Reviews brings you the SteelSeries 7G mechanical Gaming Keyboard. SteelSeries have taken a much different approach to the gaming market with their first mechanical gaming keyboard, by bringing durability and quality in the form of individual 18k gold plated mechanical switches and an inner metal chassis to bring to you one heavyweight keyboard. I can't say for sure if this keyboard is an IBM Model M killer because I dont own one of those, but if this keyboard lasts anywhere near as long as some of those Model M's have lasted then it will be a very worthy investment indeed..."

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Cooler Master V6 GT Cooler Review @ Tweaknews
"As with the original V6, the Cooler Master V6 GT is a big, good looking cooler with a robust, easily installed mounting solution. The GT has much better cooling performance thanks to an additional fan and a very nice lighting feature that adds some visual interest to the package."

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Fractal Design Define R3 @ techPowerUp
"Fractal has updated the Define chassis once more. The R3 revision comes with an interesting list of upgrades and features. We take it for a spin to see if it can keep up with the modern times and if it manages to impress in the light of stiff competition in the same price segment."

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Bigfoot Networks Killer 2100 Gaming Network Card Review @ Legit Reviews
"When it comes to online gaming performance the Bigfoot Killer 2100 didn't hurt system performance and in a couple of the games we tested with it slightly improved our ping times. We noticed less than a 5% improvement in latency across the board for online gaming and to some you might feel this doesn't justify the $85 shipped cost of the Killer 2100, but others might see this as an advantage. When it comes to Local Area Network (LAN) gaming we noticed that the Killer 2100 really helped performance and cut the average latency in Battlefield Bad Company 2..."

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OCZ Enyo USB 3.0 Portable Solid State Drive Review @ ThinkComputers.org
"“Over the past year we have seen a plethora of solid state drives. All of them are pretty much the same besides the memory chips used and the controller. All of them have been the smaller 2.5-inch form factor with the typical SATA connections. Today we have something a little different, how about a portable solid state drive. OCZ calls this drive the Enyo and it uses a super fast USB 3.0 connection. So you get all of the durability advantages of an internal solid state drive but you also get easy portability. Let’s take a look…"

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Wednesday, December 8, 2010
Best PC Video Games 2010 Holiday Guide @ Benchmark Reviews
"Just in time for some holiday shopping, Benchmark Reviews' Best PC Video Games 2010 Holiday Guide! Whether you're looking to hook your gamer teen up or you want to kick your PC gaming collection up a notch, this article is going to open your eyes to some of the biggest named titles of 2010 and make you or your child the envy of the neighborhood. Titles like Call of Duty: Black Ops, World of Warcraft: Cataclysm, Starcraft 2, Fallout New Vegas, and Tom Clancy's H.A.W.X. 2, should definitely be on your list of games this year. If you're interested in some serious FPS, MMO, RTS, RPG, or Flight Simulation, read on."

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Asus ENGT430 Geforce GT 430 Videocard Review @ Tweaknews
"Asus' ENGT430 Geforce GT 430 graphics card is a very decent low profile DirectX 11 budget card for the money. Even while slightly handicapped by its slower onboard DDR3 memory, it still succeeded in matching and in some cases surpassing the ATI alternative in terms of performance."

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Sparkle GeForce GTS 450 1GB Video Card Review @ ThinkComputers.org
"“Today we have another GeForce GTS 450 video card on the test bench. As we said in our previous GeForce GTS 450 video card review the GTS 450 is NVIDIA’s lowest end DirectX 11 card, and it’s $100-$129 price tag reflects that. These cards might not be the most powerful cards out there, but they will not break your wallet so if you are a gamer on a budget this may be the card for you. Also this card can make a perfect dedicated PhysX card. Let’s take a look at the GeForce GTS 450 from Sparkle and see how it performs compared to the competition."

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Mad Catz CoD:Black Ops 5.1 ProGaming Headset @ Benchmark Reviews
"Mad Catz, famous for their console peripherals, has been making the spotlight in the PC gaming market with their innovative designs. Mad Catz's recent acquisition of audio manufacturer Tritton shows their intentions to establish a firm foothold in the PC peripheral business. This time they bring us the Mad Catz Call of Duty: Black Ops Dolby Digital 5.1 Gaming Headset. Benchmark Reviews will test how well this headset delivers surround sound, and decide whether it's worth the $149.99 price tag."

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Tuesday, December 7, 2010
Xigmatek Asgard II Computer Case Review @ Tweaknews
"Xigmatek's Asgard II is a real gem, as budget cases go. For as little as thirty bucks you get a distinctive look, excellent tool-free solutions and a rich feature set worthy of a case that is twice the price. The cooling performance isn't bad either, and the case responds well to additional case fans, at least up front."

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ZaReason MediaBox 4220
"This year we have looked at a number of"

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NVIDIA GeForce GTX 570 Video Card @ Benchmark Reviews
"Fierce competition between GPU manufacturers has allowed PC gamers to enjoy the best graphics hardware ever developed for computers. NVIDIA continues to update their desktop video card product family, and now offers the 480-core GeForce GTX 570 video card. Build from the same GF110 GPU that powers the industry-leading GTX 580 series, 15 Streaming Multiprocessors clocked to 732 MHz is comprised of 60 Texture Units and 40 ROP Units while 1280MB of GDDR5 video frame buffer promises 152 GB/s bandwidth over a 320-bit memory bus. NVIDIA replaces their aging GeForce GTX 480 with freshly updated and refined technology, saving consumers money in the process. Priced at $350 for launch, Benchmark Reviews tests the NVIDIA GeForce GTX 570 performance against other graphics options using some of the latest DirectX 11 games available to see how well it compares against the competition."

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Nvidia GTX 570 (GF110) @ Bjorn3D
"Today, Nvidia is releasing their latest and second top of the line video card tailored for the enthusiasts: the Nvidia GeForce GTX 570. The GTX 570 also uses the new GF110 chip, 16 PolyMorph Engines, and has support for FP16 texture filterand and boast improved Z-culling, just like its more powerful sibling, the GTX 580."

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Palit GeForce GTX 570 Sonic Platinum @ techPowerUp
"NVIDIA's new GeForce GTX 570 complements the GTX 580 at more affordable price levels. It offers the same reduced power consumption as its big brother without compromising performance. Palit's GTX 570 is a custom design with a unique thermal solution and substantially increased clock speeds out of the box."

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ASUS GeForce GTX 570 @ techPowerUp
"Today NVIDIA launches their new GeForce GTX 570 graphics card which is based on the new more power efficient Fermi technology that we saw on the GTX 580, too. ASUS' GTX 570 is a full reference design implementation, the only difference is a small clock speed increase of 10 MHz."

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NVIDIA GeForce GTX 570 Video Card Review @ Legit Reviews
"When the NVIDIA GeForce GTX 480 graphics card went to store shelves back in April 2010 it had an MSRP of $499 and while it was fast it was criticized for being too hot and power hungry. Here we are eight months later we see the GeForce GTX 480 becoming discontinued and eradicated by the GeForce GTX 570. The GeForce GTX 570 costs 30% less at $349.99 and offers an improved cooling solution and performance that is right around the same as the GeForce GTX 480. Obviously, the GeForce GTX 570 is the better video card as the price is lower, the card runs cooler and the performance is not significantly different. Compared to a GeForce GTX 470 the new GeForce GTX 570 blows that card out of the water as we saw a number of benchmarks where the GTX 570 was more than 30% faster. With a price point and performance at this level the NVIDIA GeForce GTX 570 should be able to do battle with the AMD Radeon HD 6950 and 6970 when those 'Cayman' GPUs are released by AMD next week..."

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Antec LanBoy Air Modular Case Review @ ThinkComputers.org
"“Antec, a name that is well known and trusted by computer enthusiasts around the world. They have been designing and manufacturing top notch power supplies, enclosures, and cooling accessories for almost 25 years. I have built numerous computers using their products over the years and have always been satisfied, and at times, impressed by them. Today we are looking at one of their latest entries into the computer enclosure market and the newest member of the Lanboy famly of products, the Lanboy Air Blue. Before we get into the details, we need to take a good hard look at the overall design of this case because trust me, it is like no other case you have ever seen. It is modular and customizable. What does that mean? It means that pretty much every piece can be removed and repositioned to give you somewhere in the area of 35 trillion different ways to configure the case. Yes, I said trillion. That is a very big number."

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AMD Phenom II X6 1100T: Last Phenom II Six-Core Processor @ Bjorn3D
"AMD has once again updated their current processor line up. In September 2010, AMD released the six-corePhenom II X6 1075T, 1055T, and Phenom II X4 970 BE (the fastest quad core Phenom so far) based on the K10 microarchitecture. We did not expect AMD to release any faster six-core Phenom processors, but we were quickly proven wrong. Today, AMD has released the fastest six-core processor based on the Thuban core: the Phenom II X6 1100T BE clocked at 3.3 GHz, which will take the helm as the company’s flagship processor."

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AMD Phenom-II X6-1100T Processor @ Benchmark Reviews
"While enthusiasts await AMD's next-generation "Bulldozer"-based desktop CPUs, AMD continues to expand their current desktop CPU line, introducing the Phenom-II X6-1100T processor. The 6-core Phenom-II X6-1100T takes over the top spot in AMD's CPU line from the 1090T, and does it at a suggested retail price of only $265.00. The clock speed improvements over the 1090T are minimal: both the standard and Turbo Core speeds increase only 100MHz, to 3.3GHz and 3.7GHz, respectively. Benchmark Reviews tests the new 1100T against a collection of Intel and AMD processors in gaming and computing performance."

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AMD Phenom II X6 1100T Black Edition CPU Review @ Legit Reviews
"The AMD Phenom II X6 1100T Black Edition processor is the new Flagship Processor from AMD. For the most part, it easily sailed past our previous Phenom II X6 processors with relative ease. Priced at $265.00 it's no slouch in that department either. It's fair to say though, it is priced much more competitive and reasonable than the bottom end hex-core from Intel the Core I7 970 which is retailing for $879.99. That price comparison makes the AMD Phenom II X6 1100T Black Edition processor a much more attractive option..."

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Monday, December 6, 2010
ASUS O!Play HD2 HD Media Player Review @ Legit Reviews
"The ASUS O!Play HD2 HD Media Player is a very good device for those looking for on-board storage and hassle-free playback of all their media files. While not the smallest player on the market, the O!Play HD2 can be equipped with a 3.5"

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Ubuntu 10.10 vs. Mac OS X 10.6.5: A Competitive Race
"Back in May, we published benchmarks of Mac OS X 10.6.3 vs. Windows 7 vs. Ubuntu 10.04, along with other times, looking at the performance of Apple's Mac OS X operating system relative to Ubuntu and other Linux distributions. In most of those articles though we used Mac Mini computers, but now with a new Mac Book Pro in our labs with the latest Apple/Intel hardware, along with the most recent versions of each operating system, we have carried out a new set of tests that is also more in-depth than our earlier published benchmarks."

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Silicon Power XPower DDR3 2000 2 x 2GB Dual Channel RAM @ Bjorn3D
"Today we are reviewing Silicon Power’s high speed dual channel XPower DDR3 2000 (PC3-16000) RAM, compatible with Intel Core i3, i5, and i7 platforms, and has a CAS of 9. It is part of their overclocking lineup, designed for enthusiasts. Other models in their lineup include DDR3 1600 (CAS 8) and DDR3 1800/2133 (CAS 9). Our review sample comes with 2 sticks, each 2GB."

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Corsair H70 CPU Liquid/Water Cooling System Review @ Tweaknews
"Like the H50, Corsair's H70 is a turnkey system that requires no assembly or maintenance, it is relatively easy to install, has very good cooling performance and is priced only slightly more than higher-end air coolers. The design is thoughtful and the materials and workmanship seem to be quite good, and you're unlikely to find a liquid cooling system that is quicker or easier to install."

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XtremeComputing Christmas Buying Guide @ XtremeComputing
"Well it's that time of year again when people go out and buy all sorts of things for friends, relatives and loved ones, this year we thought we would provide you with our Christmas choices and give you the reasons why we chose them."

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Sunday, December 5, 2010
Razer BlackWidow Mechanical Gaming Keyboard @ Benchmark Reviews
"For a select few, mechanical keyboards hold a special place in their hearts, unfortunately for those people the number of mechanical keyboards on the market is very small with even less having any type of unique design for gaming. Razer recently introduced the Razer BlackWidow mechanical gaming keyboard, which uses the Cherry MX Blue switches to give it auditory and tactile feedback along with requiring less pressure to actuate. Razer hope to compete with the SteelSeries 7G and the Qtronix XARMOR-U9BL using the BlackWidow's venomous bite as its weapon. As Razer's first foray into the mechanical keyboard market, and Benchmark Reviews will determine whether the BlackWidow is as venomous as they claimed or if it's all for show."

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Logitech K750 Wireless Solar Keyboard Review @ Legit Reviews
"With a lot of companies these days finding themselves with the task of making their businesses a lot"

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Saturday, December 4, 2010
Screwpop 4-in-1 Keychain Tool Review @ Legit Reviews
"After spending a month with the Screwpop we found that it was nice to have on our key chain and that there were a few situations where it came in handy. Those situations included removing a blown up power supply at a LAN party, opening up a paint can and of course helping out a friend when they realized they bought a six pack of beer that didn't have twist off caps. The Screwpop 4-in-1 keychain tool isn't something we used every day, but it did come in handy at random times and was a cool conversation piece when we saved the day..."

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Friday, December 3, 2010
AMD Phenom II X6 1075T 6-Core Processor Performance Review @ Legit Reviews
"The AMD Phenom II X6 1075T may not be the fastest processor out there, but it gets the job done and it gets it done well. With the rumors of the new AMD Phenom II X6 1100T processor coming soon, AMD has lowered the price to only $199.99. This could mean that the Phenom II X6 1075T may just offer the best bang for the buck right now. For example, if you were to pair the AMD Phenom II X6 1075T with a board like the GIGABYTE 880GMA-UD2H (which turned out to be a beastly little board for the money) and you will have yourself a great base for a solid system. To putting the icing on the cake, you are able to purchase these components for the cost of the current entry level Socket 1366 processor..."

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Zalman S-Series 128GB JMicron SSD Solid State Drive Review @ Tweaknews
"Zalman's entry into the SSD market has left me impressed. The S-Series 128GB drive with its JMicron JMF616 controller performed well in benchmark tests, easily reaching the advertised 260mb/s read speed. Write speeds didn't quite reach the advertised 210mb/s, but they came close and you can count on this being a very quick drive for everyday computing as well as for gaming and other intensive tasks."

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Killzone 3 Beta Overview @ ThinkComputers.org
"“To simply put it, Killzone 3 is leagues beyond what Killzone 2 offered. The game moves faster, is more fluid, but it also allows you to hang back, sit in cover with your shotgun or sniper rifle. In other words, it provides great balance for all players. I’ve enjoyed trying different tactics, and if you devote yourself to one style, chances are you will be successful. Whether you hated or loved Killzone 2, or if you’ve never played a Killzone title, Killzone 3 will be worth your time. In the beta alone, the controls are vastly improved over every previous iteration of the series, the gameplay is much more refined, and the unlockables will keep you busy for a long time to come."

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Zalman CNPS9900 MAX @ Bjorn3D
"Back when their CNPS9500 Cooler first hit the shelves, Zalman was the king of heatsinks. With its radical design and excellent performance, the CNPS9500 quickly excelled. Since then, other manufacturers, such as Noctua and Prolimatech, have come to the market with excellent performance heatsinks that quickly grabbed the headlines."

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Mad Catz Call of Duty: Black Ops Stealth Mouse @ BmR
"Human input devices (especially the mouse) are very much akin to musical instruments. They are both designed to take the coordinated movements of human hands and transduce them into a predictable yet marvelous output. For instruments the output are sound waves, but on a computer the output can be any imaginable manipulation of a virtual world. In both cases the benchmarks for quality are surprisingly similar. For example, what is it made of, is it well made, does it feel good, is it convenient to use, does it work well and does it look good? With these questions in mind, Benchmark Reviews reviewed the newest release from Mad Catz, the Call of Duty: Black Ops Stealth Mouse. Based on the Cyborg R.A.T. platform the Stealth Mouse adds some style that, for this reviewer, stirs up some new thoughts about the future of gaming mice."

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Thursday, December 2, 2010
Zalman N Series 128GB SSD @ Bjorn3D
"We never thought that Zalman, a company so renowned for their silent cooling solutions, would ever come out with SSDs for performance users and enthusiasts. Though SSDs work silently, we would have never thought that Zalman would get into the flash memory storage market to sell SSDs. Zalman launched several drives ranging from 32GB to 128GB, and our sources tell us that Zalman will have 256GB drives in the future. The new Zalman SSDs come in 2 different series, the 'S' series, which are tailored for the entry level SSD users with a JMICRON controller, and the 'N' series, which are designed for enthusiasts and performance users using the new SandForce SF-1222 controller."

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GIGABYTE GA-X58-USB3 Motherboard Review @ Legit Reviews
"Whether it performs like it or not, the GIGABYTE GA-X58-USB3 is a low cost board aimed at the budget conscience consumer. Let's face it, that is a fact that the majority of us users out there today are faced with. Everybody is looking to get the best bang for their buck. For those looking at the Intel X58 spectrum of components, motherboards with the Intel X58 chipset aren't exactly the lowest cost component out there. Many believe that you get what you pay for, that's not always the case though. The GIGABYTE GA-X58-USB3 gives you more than what you pay for..."

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Arctic Cooling Freezer 11 LP CPU Cooler Review @ ThinkComputers.org
"“Looking for a HTPC CPU Cooler? Then the Arctic Cooling Freezer 11 LP CPU Cooler is a great choice for you. This cooler has a compact design, ultra quiet PWM fan, and easy installation for HTPCs. The cooler supports CPUs up to 90 Watts and only Intel LGA 775 and 1156 processors. This silent CPU cooler should be something you should have in mind if you’re designing an HTPC system. Read on further to find out more."

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Patriot Convoy 425XL SAS/SATA RAID Enclosure @ Benchmark Reviews
"Most PC cases sold today don't have any provision for directly mounting a 3.5" device in the front panel. Floppy drives are a thing of the distant past, and most accessory units designed for mounting in this location have adopted the 5.25" format. The Patriot Convoy 425XL takes advantage of this larger environment to provide space for four 2.5" format drives. It's ideally suited for an application where a RAID solution is needed in a small space, particularly the higher RAID levels that require 3-4 drives for a combination of speed and redundancy. Commonly called "laptop" drives, the smaller format is also the most common platform for SSDs. There has been an explosion in the last two years of 2.5" SSSDs on the market; silent and fast, with low power requirements, they would seem to be an ideal companion for this new class of drive enclosure. Benchmark Reviews takes a look at the ins and outs of the Convoy 425XL and then puts it through its paces with a full suite of benchmarking tests."

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Wednesday, December 1, 2010
GCC & LLVM Clang Performance On The Intel Atom
"A few weeks ago there were benchmarks of GCC, LLVM-GCC, DragonEgg, and Clang. In this compiler performance comparison the releases of GCC 4.2, 4.3, 4.4, 4.5, and a 4.6 development snapshot were benchmarked. On the LLVM side there was LLVM-GCC 4.2, DragonEgg with GCC 4.5 and LLVM 2.8, and then Clang with LLVM 2.8. This combination of eight open-source compilers were tested on three distinct Intel and AMD systems (even a 12-thread Core i7 Gulftown), but all of which were 64-bit capable and contained relatively high-end processors from their respective series. To complement this earlier article, available now are some new GCC/LLVM benchmarks but this time an older Intel Atom CPU was used to look at the 32-bit compiler performance on a slower, low-power netbook."

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Acer Aspire 1551 11.6-inch Notebook Review @ Legit Reviews
"The Acer Aspire AS1551-5448 has a bit of an identity crisis. It's nearly as small as a netbook but has double the performance with a small price premium. It's much smaller than most"

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Corsair HS1 USB Gaming Headset Review @ ThinkComputers.org
"“With so many headsets to choose from on the market these days, manufacturers have been trying to create a product that sets them apart from the mainstream. Corsair has designed the HS1 to simulate the couch listening experience so the music is not “in your head” but rather surrounding you like your typical home stereo setup would. The design is composed of larger than average drivers, a very creative and comfortable design, and an attention to sound detail that every audiophile and gamer will be in awe of. Their hardware solution is crisp and clean in its audio reproduction and when coupled with their software, gives unmatched control of audio features that are sure to make the experience adjustable to each individuals liking."

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8GB G.Skill Ripjaws 2000MHz DDR3 Memory @ Benchmark Reviews
"The maximum speed officially supported by an Intel 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. G.Skill have a broad range of DDR3 RAM from basic to extreme, today Benchmark Reviews will be testing the G.Skill Ripjaws 2000MHz CL9 Dual Channel 1.55v 8GB Kit (PN: F3-16000CL9D-8GBRM) priced at $209.99 for your reading pleasure."

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