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Saturday, February 27, 2010
Gunnar Optiks Wi-FIVE Digital Performance Eyewear Review @ Legit Reviews
"People are spending an ever-increasing amount of time in front of computer screens as our lives become more intertwined with technology. This increase correlates to an increase in health hazards from repetitive motion injuries, neck and back problems, and eye strain. Gunnar has recognized this and has put together a diverse product line dedicated to mitigating the strain we are putting on our eyes with some of their special lens and optic technologies. They sent us over a sample pair of their Wi-FIVE digital performance eyewear from their Catalyst collection to see how effective we felt they were. For $99, if they work as advertised, they should be well worth the investment..."

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Soundgraph FingerVU 706 @ techPowerUp
"Soundgraph is well known for their LCD and VFD products in the majority of HTPC enclosures from virtually all major brand names out there. The new FingerVU series takes the control of the PC to the next level with a 4" or 7" inch, high-res, USB powered LCD touch screen at your finger tips."

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Kingston SSDNow V+ 128GB (SNVP325-S2/128GB) @ Bjorn3D
"When Kingston announced it's line of SSDNow V+ drives in October of 2009 we waited with baited breath to get our hands on the series. Now Kingston has refreshed the lineup with the SSDNow V and V+ series. Resigned with a Toshiba controller and Toshiba Nand Flash the drive we are looking at today boasts a 230MB/s read and a 180MB/s write speed. Previous versions had a Samsung controller and the new Toshiba controller and Nand MLC flash is expected to be faster and supports Trim out of the box in Windows 7."

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Friday, February 26, 2010
Thermaltake TR2 RX 750W Modular Power Supply Review @ Tweaknews
"Thermaltake's TR2 RX 750W has proven itself to be a very capable PSU. With impressive stability, quiet operation, modular design with plenty of connectors and sleeved cabling, this PSU brings a lot to the table and does so with a fairly modest price tag."

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ASUS P7H57D-V EVO Motherboard Review @ Legit Reviews
"The P7H57D-V EVO motherboard is another fine example of great engineering from the gang at ASUS. Everything from the box and bundle to the TurboV EVO overclocking software exudes quality. The board is extremely stable even when pushed to the limits and has an overwhelming feature list, which include SATA 6G and USB 3.0. Aside from SATA and USB, performance between motherboards these days is largely the same, with results being within the specific tests margin of error. The biggest differences are the features and quality of components, which typically shows up when it comes to overclocking. We found that the P7H57D-V EVO was an excellent overclocking motherboard, reaching the same clocks of the much more expensive P55 based ASUS P7P55D Premium..."

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SilverStone Fortress FT02
"Back in November we reviewed the SilverStone Raven RV02 and found it to be an amazing computer case. It finally was superior to the Temjin TJ10 that was a favorite for years, but now SilverStone has pushed the limits of their designs and innovation even further. We now have our hands on the SilverStone Fortress FT02, which does inherit some traits from the Raven chassis, but it is simply one amazing enclosure. The Fortress FT02 may cost more than $200 USD, but read on to learn more about this exceptionally designed ATX / SSI CEB chassis."

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Noctua NH-D14 @ Bjorn3D
"Their latest heatsink, NH-D14, is designed for the enthusiasts, as it incorporates 2 large heatsinks and two 120mm fans. Noctua has been kind enough to send Bjorn3D a sample to review. We intent to put this heatsink in direct comparison against one of our favorites, Prolimatech’s Megahalem, to see whichever comes out on top as the clear winner. Let’s find out shall we."

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Gigabyte GA-X58A-UD7 Motherboard @ Benchmark Reviews
"Sometimes Intel's tick-tock plans don't coincide with the technical improvements made to other areas, such as SuperSpeed USB-3.0 or SATA-III 6.0-Gbps controllers. Most hardware enthusiasts agree that it's awkward to see Intel's "Enthusiast" branded X58-Express chipset paired to older standards while "Mainstream" P55 motherboards enjoy the better and faster new ones. Gigabyte agrees, too, and has re-launched the X58A-series as a refresh for their flagship platform. In this article, Benchmark Reviews tests the Gigabyte GA-X58A-UD7 motherboard against the ASUS P6X58D Premium in heat-to-head performance, and compares to the original X58 platform."

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Thursday, February 25, 2010
Intel Sandy Bridge GPU Support Begins On Linux
"With the Clarkdale and Arrandale parts out the door and the support becoming stabilized, Intel's open-source developers have begun publicly pushing out new code for the next Intel graphics processors to be found in their CPUs to be introduced at the end of this year. The first bits of Linux graphics code to support"

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PTS Desktop Live 2010.1 "Anzhofen" Released
"After releasing Phoronix Test Suite 2.4 earlier this month and delivering the subsequent 2.4.1 update, we have now released PTS Desktop Live 2010.1"

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ATI Radeon HD 5830 DirectX-11 Video Card Review @ BmR
"Ever since the introduction of the ATI Radeon HD5770, PC gamers and enthusiasts have been looking at the wide gap between the HD5770 and the HD5850 and knew that it would only be a matter of time before ATI plugged the hole in their product line. ATI is taking a slightly different approach with the Radeon HD5830 video card; selling only the ASIC chips to their Add-In-Board (AIB) partners. In this article Benchmark Reviews is going to demonstrate a prototype ATI Radeon HD 5830 video card, and our benchmark tests are going to put an end to the rumors about the specifications and graphical performance of this highly anticipated GPU."

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"The ATI Radeon HD 5830 will carry an SEP of $239, which helps fill the rather large price gap between the Radeon HD 5770 and the Radeon HD 5850 graphics cards. The lowest priced Radeon HD 5770 that we could find on the retail market is the POWERCOLOR AX5770 at $142.99 shipped. The lowest priced Radeon HD 5850 also happens to be a POWERCOLOR Radeon AX850 at $299.99 shipped. Anyone that has shopped for a DirectX 11 capable graphics card is likely to notice that the price more than doubles to go from the Radeon HD 5770 to the Radeon HD 5850 series. This $157 price jump is a bit much, so it is nice to see a card like the Radeon HD 5830 nearly split the price gap and come in at the $239 price point..."

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Wednesday, February 24, 2010
ASUS EAH 5830 DirectCu @ techPowerUp
"Today we have with us the ASUS EAH 5830 DirectCu 1024 MB, a premium non-reference implementation of the Radeon HD 5830. The way its cooler is designed, and going by ASUS' choice of components, the EAH 5830 DirectCu is catered to the value performance enthusiast who can squeeze the last ounce of performance out of it by overclocking."

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QNAP TS-459 Pro Turbo NAS with Intel Atom D510 Review @ Legit Reviews
"When comparing the QNAP TS-459 Pro Turbo NAS to the older TS-419P, there is not much to compare. They both look exactly the same. They both have the same Ajax-based software included. Basically, the main upgrade in the TS-459 Pro is in the processor and chipset that QNAP selected. By upgrading the processor to Intel’s latest (and fastest) Atom D510, the TS-459 Pro picks up an incredible performance boost..."

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Addonics Pocket eSATA/USB DigiDrive @ techPowerUp
"The Addonics Pocket DigiDrive combines both the flexibility of a card reader and the speed of the eSATA interface into one functional package. We take the unit for a spin with a blazing fast Compact Flash card to see how it will keep up."

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Aliens Vs Predator PC Game DX11 Performance Benchmarks @ Legit Reviews
"Gaming enjoyment aside, the performance of all the cards tested was solid. The ATI Radeon HD 5870 graphics card is the flagship single-GPU video card from AMD and it easily played AvP at 1920x1080 with the image quality cranked up. The Radeon HD 5750 was able to play the game at these settings, but to really enjoy the game and to get silky smooth frame rates we had to spend a little time tweaking the settings on the video card. This is great news as ~$150 mainstream graphics cards like the Sapphire Vapor X Radeon HD 5750 will be able to enjoy DX11 game titles without sacrificing too much image quality..."

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CompuLab Fit-PC2 NetTop
"We have tested a few interesting Intel Atom-powered nettop computers lately from the ASRock ION 330HT-BD that bears a Blu-ray drive and an Intel Atom 330 CPU with NVIDIA ION graphics to the ASUS Eee Top that packaged the entire system within a touch-screen monitor. In this article we are trying out the CompuLab Fit-PC2, which is definitely the smallest Atom-powered computer we have tested to date. The Fit-PC2 easily fits in the palm of your hand and it packs an Intel Atom Z530 processor with a Poulsbo graphics processor, a 160GB SATA HDD, and 1GB of system memory."

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Kingwin Lazer 850w PSU @ Bjorn3D
"Many users do not want an average PSU. They like to have flashy features, as well as plenty of power. Well, those users certainly won't be dissapointed by Kingwin's Lazer 850W PSU. This PSU features a sleek design with a black paint job. It also has a three way LED switch which can turn on a white LED, blue LED, or turn the LED's off. Im sure that you will want the LED's on to show off this great looking PSU."

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Spire TherMax II Cooler Review @ Tweaknews
"Although the Spire TherMax II does set out on the right course and follows the basic tower cooler construction, there are some design problems that are hindering the performance when compared to other products on the market today. Now with that being said, this in no way is a bad cooler. In fact, is is a very good option to consider if you are replacing a stock Intel heatsink and for the price, it isn't a bad deal."

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Tuesday, February 23, 2010
ASUS P7H55D-M EVO Clarksdale Motherboard @ Benchmark Reviews
"Intel-land is becoming a very confusing place of late. An Intel Core i7 processor might be Socket 1366, or it might be Socket 1156. A Core i5 processor might be dual core or quad core; it might have Hyper-Threading or not, or integrated video or other features, and there's no way to tell just from the name. And to make things even more confusing, there are now four consumer-level chipsets for Core i5 processors: the original P55, as well as the new H55, H57, and Q57 chipsets. The newer chipsets are required if you want to use the integrated video feature of some of the Intel 2010 Core Processor Family CPUs, and ASUS, as always, is ready with new motherboards to support the latest technology. In this review Benchmark Reviews covers the new ASUS P7H55D-M EVO motherboard, based on the Intel H55 chipset."

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AirLive 802.11n Review @ techPowerUp
"With wireless N or 802.11n based networks becoming more and more popular these days, we take a look at what Airlive has to offer in this regard. In our review we take a close look at WN-300ARM-VPN ADSL modem & router, the WN-5000PCI - a 300 Mbit/s & MIMO equipped PCI card and the WN-200USB - an entry level 802.11n USB 2.0 devie."

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MSI P55-GD85 LGA 1156 Intel Motherboard Review @ Legit Reviews
"MSI has a staggering nine Intel P55 motherboards and a total of 14 LGA1156 motherboards available. Today we have MSI's P55-GD85 which sits up near the top of boards. In the MSI pecking order sitting at the top is the MSI P55 Big Bang Fuzion at $369.99 followed closely by the MSI P55 Big Bang Trinergy at $329.99. Sitting a full $100 lower at $229.99 is the P55-GD85 motherboard which, strangely enough, features a few key technologies that aren't included on the Big Bang boards. Namely these are USB 3.0 and SATA 6 Gbps. Oh yes, this is another one of those USB 3.0/Sata 6Gbps boards. So, why is this IO toting board priced a full $100 lower than the Big Bang boards, and should it concern you?"

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ASUS MY-CINEMA PHC3-150 HDTV-Tuner Card @ Benchmark Reviews
"The recent switch from analog to digital television was mainly driven by the benefits of digital technology over its analog predecessor. Though digital television has become ubiquitous the conversion cannot be instantaneous, nor will analog technology simply vanish. During this transitional period of converting analog infrastructures into a digital foundation, hybrid devices like the My Cinema PHC3-150 Combo TV-Tuner Card will be essential. These hybrid devices work with both signal types allowing for a smoother transition. In this article Benchmark Reviews tests the performance of the PHC3-150. Even if you've already made the transition to digital systems you may want to check out some tricks to extract even more utility from the hybrid features of this card."

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Monday, February 22, 2010
Mionix NAOS 5000 Gaming Mouse reviewed in Metku.net
"Mionix is a Swedish manufacturer that started the business in 2007. Their product range covers mouse pads, a gaming headset, and a couple of gaming mouse models, the newest of which made its way to our review this time."

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Moneual Lab Y601B @ techPowerUp
"Moneual Lab is taking a step into the entry-level case segment with the Y601B slim form factor micro-ATX HTPC case. It looks like the kind of product for anyone looking to save some space on their desktop, or an upright media center. This case from Moneual comes at an amazing value with a price tag of only 65 USD."

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Micron RealSSD C300 256GB SATA 6Gbps SSD Review @ Legit Reviews
"The Micron RealSSD C300 256GB SSD is an amazing SSD that has the ability to take advantage of the SATA 6 Gbps interface. When we first looked at SATA 6 Gbps performance using the Seagate XT 2TB hard drive we found the burst speed to be impressive, but found that a hard drive was able to fully use the new interface since it wasn't fast enough. We were seeing the Seagate XT 2TB hard drive have a maximum read transfer rate of 144MB/s, which is nothing to write home about these days. The Micron RealSSD C300 on the other hand was able to peak at 387MB/s in ATTO, which is insane for a single SSD. When it comes to read performance nothing on the market today can beat the Micron RealSSD C300 256GB SSD! This drive has spectacular read performance and the write performance is not too far behind other drives like the OCZ Vertex LE."

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Asus EAH5670 1GB @ Bjorn3D
"The average person doesn't spend three to four hundred of dollars on a graphics card. This is evident by the large percentage of cards sold that are in the $100 price range. Unlike us hardcore geeks, some people have better things to do with their money. Paying the mortgage, buying food, and filling up the gas tank are probably at the top of that list. But once you've scrounged up some money, you have to figure out what to buy. With the slew of new cards that are being released on what seems like a daily basis, which do you choose? When I've determined that I absolutely must have a new graphics card, my main goal is to get as much of a performance boost as I can, with the money I have. The hard part...comparing what's currently being sold to my old card."

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Thermaltake Element T Case Review @ Tweaknews
"With a budget chassis like this, we can overlook some minor shortcomings due to the low price. There is room for lots of hardware in the Element T, with three big bays and six HDD mounts with a placement for a 2.5-inch drive. It is lightweight but sturdy while being relatively easy to work in."

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Razer Orochi Mobile Gaming Mouse @ Benchmark Reviews
"High quality gaming peripheral equipment is a speciality of Razer. In this article Razer brings us a new product, a first for its kind, the Razer Orochi mobile gaming mouse with both USB-2.0 and Bluetooth capability. Traditional mice suffer from poor mobility, often adding a huge lump inside of your laptop bags. Long wires and the need for a "perfect" surface often make setting up a hassle. Benchmark Reviews tests and inspects the Razer Orochi gaming mouse (model RZ01-00300100-R3U1) to see whether it really is the solution for gaming on the go that will revolutionize mobile gaming."

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Sunday, February 21, 2010
The Five Stages of Benchmark Loss
"This weekend at the Southern California Linux Expo in Los Angeles, Matthew Tippett and I presented a talk entitled Five Stages of Benchmark Loss: PTS and You. In this hour-long talk, we covered Linux benchmarking, what has been learned over the years of benchmarking at Phoronix, the Phoronix Test Suite, and the five stages that users and developers generally go through when they lose out on benchmarking results. For those that were unable to attend this event, here are the slides and recordings."

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Saturday, February 20, 2010
OCZ Vertex LE (Limited Edition) 100GB SSD Review @ Legit Reviews
"The OCZ Vertex LE is one of the fastest SSDS that we have ever seen here at Legit Reviews. It was able to give the Intel X25-M G2 160GB SSD and Crucial RealSSD C300 256GB drives a run for their money in many of the benchmarks. We were able to reach read speeds of up to 290MB/sec. and write speeds of up to 240MB/sec in ATTO on the Vertex LE and that was impressive. We were able to get much higher than the 270MB/s max read speed, but we were unable to reach the advertised max write of 250MB/s on our test system in any benchmark. The Vertex Limited Edition SSD has just 5,000 pieces available and with performance results like these they shouldn't be around for too long..."

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A-DATA 32 GB 633x Compact Flash @ techPowerUp
"The 633x Compact Flash from A-DATA is their fastest CF offering available today. With advertised read and write speeds of above 90 MB/s it should be an interesting performer. We take a close look and push it to the real world limits - for your reading pleasure."

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Friday, February 19, 2010
Thermalright Venomous X CPU Cooler Review @ Legit Reviews
"Thermalright has released yet another quality high performance cooler. The all new patented multiple support pressure vault bracket system was fairly easy to use and it allows users to add pressure to the bracket system (40~70 lbs.). Not only did this help secure the cooler to the board better, but we clearly had a more efficient mounting that improved cooling performance. Is it good enough to be the new king of the hill? With our testing I'm going have to say no. In most cases it is close to the Noctua NH-D14, but still ever so slightly behind at the 70lbs mount setting. With the mounting tension decreased down to 40lbs it was noticeably behind..."

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Asus Xonar D1 @ Bjorn3D
"While most motherboards come with great onboard sound, some of us feel it just isn't enough. This is especially apparent in the so called 'audiophile' type of people. If you crave the most realistic sound then you just might fall into this category. The audio that comes with any motherboard is generally far from the best, but recently the quality has been improving. Almost all onboard sound is 24 bit, which is considered high quality. The ASUS Xonar D1 that we are reviewing today is also 24 bit but what makes it any better than onboard audio?"

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Sapphire HD 5450 512 MB GDDR3 @ techPowerUp
"Sapphire's new HD 5450 seems to be the dream come true for all media PC users. It is passively cooled, which means no noise, can be turned into a single slot low-profile card and includes native HDMI and all the HD audio improvements of the Radeon HD 5000 Series. But is that enough to win over the enthusiasts?"

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Cooler Master CM Storm Sentinal Advance Gaming Mouse Review @ Tweaknews
"It's easy to sum up the CM Storm Sentinel Advance. It's simply one of the best gaming mice on the market today, if not THE best. What makes it so great is not any one feature in particular, it's the combination of ergonomics, performance, and customization that all work together in making a mouse that is a winner for buyers in the enthusiast market."

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Thursday, February 18, 2010
ASRock A330ION Mini-ITX Motherboard Review
"In this review, we've looked at the ASRock A330ION from head to toe, reviewing the hardware trifecta of NVIDIA's ION graphics chipset, Intel's dual core Atom 330 processor, and ASRock's integration of DDR3. Providing outputs for high definition audio, DVI, VGA, HDMI, gigabit ethernet, eSATA, and so forth, the ASRock A330ION proves it is willing to be friends with whatever components you have lying on your desk, which is to say it's capable of being as well-connected as a Washington DC socialite. While the I/O for the ASRock A330ION isn't exactly as media oriented as the Zotac IONITX-A-U we've been comparing it against, the A330ION sports four internal SATA ports as well as the 2 eSATA ports on the back panel, shifting the ASRock A330ION Mini-ITX motherboard into a very fine position for network storage computers without sacrificing much in the way of media interfaces..."

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Zalman CNPS9900 NT @ techPowerUp
"The CNPS9900 NT is the most recent update to the 9900 series of CPU coolers from Zalman. It features a shiny dark grey look with a sweet green LED fan and a silent adapter. Even with the low noise level the cooler manages to impress at many levels."

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NZXT Tempest EVO @ Bjorn3D
"If you are familiar with gaming cases than names like Antec, Thermaltake, and Cooler Master should be no surprise to your computer hardware vocabulary. One name that should be added to your case vocabulary is NZXT. NZXT is a newcomer to the gaming enthusiast market when compared to companies such as Antec and Thermtaltake, but what NZXT brings to the table is nothing different than what Antec, Thermaltake and Cooler Master bring; affordable quality cases."

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ASUS P6X58D-Premium SATA6G Motherboard @ Benchmark Reviews
"ASUS has been a longtime partner to Intel, and both companies have been made better because of their relationship. But when it comes to new technology, sometimes Intel takes a little too long to implement change while ASUS prefers to offer their faithful consumers the options right away. Intel's tick-tock plan doesn't coincide with the technical improvements made to areas outside of processor development, such as SuperSpeed USB-3.0 or Revision 3.x SATA 6.0-Gbps (aka SATA-III) controllers. Most hardware enthusiasts agree that it's awkward to see Intel's "Enthusiast" branded X58-Express chipset paired to older standards while "Mainstream" P55 motherboards enjoy the better and faster new ones. ASUS feels the same way, and now offers their P6X58D-Premium motherboard to forward-thinking enthusiasts who might not want to wait for the launch of Intel's X68-Express platform. In this article, Benchmark Reviews tests several X58-based motherboard against the ASUS P6X58D-Premium in heat-to-head graphics, processor, memory, and SSD storage performance."

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Wednesday, February 17, 2010
OCZ Vertex 2 Pro 100GB SandForce SF-1500 SSD Review @ Legit Reviews
"The OCZ Vertex Series of Solid-State Drives (SSDs) has been without a doubt one of the most successful SSDs released by any manufacturer. When we reviewed the original Vertex 120GB drive in April 2009 we found it to be an amazing SSD that was one of the first on the market that had the ability to do garbage collection and TRIM. It was truly a drive that was better than much of the competition and even today it is a solid performing drive thanks to the Indilinx Barefoot controller. OCZ has been busy working on their next generation SSD products, and rather than using last year's Indilinx Barefoot controller they found a new controller series that they liked from an upcoming SSD controller company called SandForce. OCZ has been testing the SandForce SF-1200 and SF-1500 controllers for months internally and last month during CES they made the formal announcement that OCZ would be bringing out the Vertex 2 series of SSDs using these two new controllers..."

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Benchmarks Of Nouveau's Gallium3D Driver For NVIDIA
"As we shared a few days ago, Fedora 13 will provide OpenGL acceleration support for NVIDIA graphics cards via the Nouveau driver when installing the Mesa DRI experimental drivers package. There is finally 3D acceleration for NVIDIA graphics cards using an open-source driver on Linux without having to depend upon NVIDIA's official binary driver. What makes this open-source 3D support for NVIDIA GPUs even more interesting is that it is atop the Gallium3D driver architecture rather than classic Mesa. With that said, we are providing early benchmarks of the Nouveau Gallium3D driver in Fedora 13 with two GeForce graphics cards as we compare the performance to NVIDIA's official Linux driver."

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Seagate Cheetah NS.2 HDs & LSI 3ware SAS 9750-4i RAID Card @ Bjorn3D
"Seagate is well known for their popular Barracuda line-up of SATA hard drives that provide optimal performance for pretty much any task you are looking for. However, if you are into hard drive intensive tasks like high-definition video editing and compositing, standard SATA hard drives could be a big bottleneck in your system. I personally work with lots of high-definition 1080p uncompressed video footage, and my two Western Digital RAID Edition 1TB hard drives in a RAID 0 configuration were not able to handle uncompressed HD footage without any lags. You might wonder, well what type of performance does an uncompressed HD footage require from a hard drive? Well, to answer that, it really depends on file formats and the amount of complexity of the scene, but usually, it is in between 100-300MB/s transfer/read speed. Since two standard 7200RPM 3.0Gb/s SATA II hard drives can only handle around 115-200MB/s in average, a person could easily see performance decreases in their pro!"

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Gelid Tranquillo CPU Cooler Review @ Tweaknews
"Gelid has a worthy product in the Tranquillo, especially for a relatively new company. The Tranquillo easily bests the performance of the OEM cooler while being noticeably quieter, even at full speed. The design doesn't provide any board-cooling options though, but is relatively easy to install."

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Intel Core i5-661 Clarksdale Processor Review @ Benchmark Review
"Intel continues filling out its processor lineup with the introduction of the 2010 Intel Core Processor Family, comprising new versions of Core i3, Core i5, and Core i7 processors. The new Core i3 and Core i5 processors use Intel's new "Westmere" architecture, which brings facets of Intel's "Nehalem" design to the lower-end desktop CPUs (code-named "Clarkdale") and mobile CPUs (code-named "Arrandale"). These are Intel's first CPUs to be built on a 32-nanometer process, and some models include another first for Intel: a graphics processing unit (GPU) included on-chip. Built with Intel Hyper-Threading Technology and an improved version of the Turbo Boost feature introduced with the original Nehalem processors, how do these new dual-core CPUs compare with other processors in Intel's line? Benchmark Reviews tests the Intel Core i5-661 CPU, model BX80616I5661, with its integrated GPU to find out."

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ATI CATALYST 10.2 & 10.3 Driver Preview - Application Profiles @ Legit Reviews
"By far the Application Profiles feature is the coolest feature in CCC 10.2. I think it will revolutionize the way drivers will be updated. If it works as well as it looks like it will, we will see performance gains much sooner for newly released game titles. Despite not having as much of a cool factor as the application profiles does, let's not forget about the ATI PowerPlay. By downloading and updating to CATALYST 10.2 video card drivers it means that consumers can save money on your electric bill, which is fantastic. Reducing your systems power draw by 7-12 Watts may not seem like a whole lot, but over time it does add up. If you are like me and leave your computer on pretty much 24/7 it will save you money in the long run. It's not every day that you get new features, improved performance and a reduction in power. This is by far one of the greatest updates in CATALYST history!"

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Tuesday, February 16, 2010
Gigabyte X58A-UD7 Motherboard Review @ Legit Reviews
"Priced at $349.99 at Newegg the board is a bit on the expensive side but it does come packed with features which does help warrant its price. Gigabyte's entire line of X58-based motherboards are ready to support the new generation of Intel 32nm 6-core processors, so you can rest assured that this board will support the upcoming Intel Core i7 980X Extreme Edition processor. The board also comes with a 3 year warranty without any stipulations for registering the board so if you do purchase it 2nd hand you are covered. When browsing around for boards you have to give credit to Gigabyte for sticking to a uniform color scheme across all their boards. The X58A-UD7 looks quite pretty with it's baby blue and white accents and the dark heatsink snaking across the PCB. Factor in the excellent performance and the easy overclocking and the X58A-UD7 is the real deal..."

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Azza Helios 910 @ techPowerUp
"The Helios 910 is a simple but sturdy chassis with nine external drive bays up front. It features an all black interior with a menacing looking 230 mm side fan, which comes equipped with blue or red LEDs. Azza is aiming to offer you a useful set of features at a price that won't break your bank."

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OCZ Hydro Pulse 800 L/h Pump @ Bjorn3D
"Liquid cooling never really comes out to be cheap, and if it does you are probably picking bad components. Today we have what can be considered a mid-range pump. This is plenty if you are running just the CPU in your loop, or maybe a single graphics card. This pump is also competitively priced, which puts it in the same price range as some 500 L/h pumps. This is certainly great news for someone looking for good deal on a pump. Lets take a look at how it performs!"

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Thermaltake Element V Full Tower Case Review @ Tweaknews
"Well, the Element V chassis from Thermaltake proved to be a mixed bag. While there were many features of the chassis that I liked very much, there were almost as many features that I disliked intensely. Let’s start off with the positive aspects."

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OCZ Fatal1ty DDR3-1600 Memory Kit Review @ Benchmark Reviews
"OCZ introduced their latest Fatal1ty Edition Memory kit in early 2010. The difference between this DDR3 system memory kit and the previous Fatal1ty kits is that the OCZ3F1600LV6GK model supports triple-channel bandwidth and works with a relatively low voltage. DDR3 memory prices are going down and 6GB kits are very affordable now. What happens when you mix a professional video-game player with the design of a memory kit, and is the OCZ 1600MHz Low-Voltage DDR3 kit "fatal" enough to surpass Benchmark Review's performance tests? In this article the OCZ Fatal1ty 1600MHz DDR3 memory kit is stressed to the point of failure."

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Monday, February 15, 2010
ASUS Eee PC 1201N Dual-Core ION Netbook Review @ Legit Reviews
"While the Eee PC 1201N was not designed to be the leader in battery life, we were still impressed to see it surpassed the battery life performance of the ASUS N10Jc with the NVIDIA 9300m graphics. We expected the 1201N to perform similarly, but the result was an extra coveted hour of battery life both in idle and DVD playback tests. The only benefit the N10Jc had over the Eee PC 1201N was the ability to turn off the NVIDIA 9300m and just use the Intel integrated graphics in order to conserve battery life. As many may recall, NVIDIA recently announced an answer to this issue for ION2 by incorporating their Optimus technology into the new platform in order to allow the longest battery life possible while still having the discrete graphics when you need them. We look forward to this technology entering the netbook arena!"

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Seasonic X-Series 750W Power Supply @ Bjorn3D
"There are times when new products have to come out, especially after we see tons of other products that copy each other and never improve on their peroformance or efficiency."

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Intel Core i3 530 and i3 540 @ techPowerUp
"After the imbalanced and overpriced Core i5 600 series Intel is making yet another step to deliver their Westmere architecture to the average user via Core i3 processors. Packed with Hyper Threading with lower frequencies and no Turbo Boost compared to i5 600 models, Core i3 530 and 540 got a tough task replacing Core 2 E7x00/E8x00 and put some pressure on AMD's cheap quad and triple core processors."

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Saturday, February 13, 2010
A-DATA 8GB Nobility S805 USB 2.0 Flash Drive Review @ Legit Reviews
"Offered in both grey and red finishes, each wrapped in a reflective zinc alloy frame, the A-DATA Nobility S805 is a very attractive looking device. Its heft, at 25g (.88oz), is substantial for its size and certainly gives the perception that this is a well constructed and rugged piece of hardware. It comes packaged with nothing other than a warranty information brochure and is available in capacities ranging from 4GB to 16GB..."

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Sans Digital Tower Raid TR4UT 4-Bay Hard Drive Enclosure Review @ Tweaknews
"The TR4UT from Sans Digital is a strong contender in the external storage market. With four drive bays supporting up to 8TB of storage, both home and small business users alike can easily back up important files using USB or the newer, faster eSATA interface. Top it all off with tool-free installation, fast performance and quiet operation, and you have yourself an external storage unit that is hard to beat."

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Friday, February 12, 2010
AMD Athlon II X2 255 Dual Core 3.1GHz Processor Review @ Legit Reviews
"The AMD Athlon II X2 255 had a more than solid performance when putting through the paces today. It may not have performed as well as the Quad Core processors did, but keep in mind it is a dual core processor. When I ran the benchmarks on 1 core of each processor I was astonished to see the performance. The AMD Athlon II X2 255 was at or near the top of the list in those benchmarks. It was also able to overclock to 3.95GHz on air cooling, which is impressive for a $75 processor..."

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Asus BD-Combo (Blu-Ray Combo Optical Drive BC-08B1ST) @ Bjorn3D
"Since prices on the Blu-Ray combo drives have started to drop we got with Asus and obtained an Asus Blu-Ray BD-Combo (Model BC-08B1ST) that reads Blu-Ray and writes and reads DVD and CD format discs. Packed with Asus's innovative technology and Blu-Ray playback capabilities, the BD-Combo drive provides amazing HD content for HTPC and computer movie playback and a significant amount of bragging rights."

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Thursday, February 11, 2010
Razer DeathAdder 1800DPI
"There are some community projects like Lomoco for providing configuration controls for Logitech mice under Linux, but this project and others have not exactly moved along at a brisk pace even though mice drivers are much simpler than say graphics cards or most other hardware components. For Razer mice, there was RazerTool, a simple project to provide some basic tweaking options for select Razer mice under Linux, but that project has been defunct since early 2007. Even with the lack of configuration tools or specialized drivers for Razer mice (or keyboards and other peripherals) on Linux, we still end up falling in love with their hardware as the build quality of their products are phenomenal, the products we have tested have been designed very well, and they really have just been excellent products. Back in February of 2007 we tested out the Razer DeathAdder, which was an example of a great Razer product and received our Editor's Choice Award, but today we are trying out the 1800 DPI version of their DeathAdder gaming mouse."

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ASUS Eee PC 1005PE Netbook Review with the Intel Atom N450 Processor @ Legit Reviews
"The ASUS Eee PC 1005PE is based on the same external design and features as our previous favored Eee PC, the 1005HA. While the external shell is nearly identical, what lies under the hood is a whole new platform from the improved power consumption of the Intel Atom N450 CPU and slightly improved graphics with the Intel GMA 3150 integrated GPU. When we began testing the ASUS Eee PC 1005PE, we quickly realized the new Pineview Intel Atom processors and platform were all about further reducing power consumption in order to continue to increase battery life. We were impressed to see the ASUS Eee PC 1005PE was able to meet the same battery life duration as the ASUS UL80Vt notebook which featured an Intel CULV SU7300 processor..."

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Seagate BlackArmor PS110 USB 3.0 External Drive @ Bjorn3D
"The new USB 3.0 standard is backward compatible with USB 2.0. So just about every desktop you run into will be able to read USB 3.0 devices, but will be limited to USB 2.0 speeds. But with the use of an expansion card, it can get the full speed of USB 3.0. Laptops have also been limited to USB 2.0 speeds. We are sure that newer models will adopt USB 3.0. But if you are like us, a laptop is a significant investment. And we aren't looking to buy an expensive new laptop just to get USB 3.0."

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ATI Radeon HD5570 DX11 Video Card @ Benchmark Reviews
"With this latest release, ATI is doubling back to fill some gaps in its wildly successful Radeon HD5xxx series of video cards. The previous release, the HD5450, was the logical terminus of their GPU bisecting act. In fact, they got a little carried away, and lopped off almost all the Stream Processors, in order to reduce the power requirements down to the lowest possible level. This time, the goal was to create the best performing low-profile HTPC card they could. The HD5570 is the first in a series of HD55xx video cards, and for now, it will probably be the top card in the group. Loaded up with the Redwood GPU from the HD5670, 1 GB of GDDR3 memory, and an all copper active GPU cooler, the HD5570 looks to be the King of the low-profile world, without the attendant King's ransom. Follow along with Benchmark Reviews as we see how it stacks up against its siblings."

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Wednesday, February 10, 2010
Noctua NH-D14 HSF Review - The Best CPU Cooler Ever? @ Legit Reviews
"The NH-D14 has a total of six heatpipes and dual radiators equipped with dual fans! With specifications like this it is no wonder that the Noctua NH-D14 CPU cooler is regarded as one of the premier CPU coolers on the market today, if not the best. This CPU cooler should easily be able to give entry level water cooling kits like the Corsair H50 a run for their money. Today we will be putting the NH-D14 to the test as we will be comparing it to the Corsair H50 water cooler, Titan Fenrir, Zalman 10x Extreme, Cooler Master V8 & V10 and nearly a dozen other top end CPU coolers that you might be considering for your next purchase..."

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Mionix Naos 5000 Laser Gaming Mouse @ techPowerUp
"Mionix Naos 5000 is the name of a brand new Swedish designed gaming mouse. Combining the brilliant Avago 9500 sensor with an ergonomic right hand design this mouse means business."

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Open-Source ATI R600/700 Mesa 3D Performance
"As we alluded to last week, we have been in the process of benchmarking many Radeon HD 2000/3000/4000 series graphics cards using the open-source ATI Linux graphics stack with the Mesa R600/700 DRI driver. We have now carried out our first batch of R600/700 3D tests using this constantly evolving open-source driver to provide OpenGL acceleration and here are the results."

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Thermaltake Lanbox VF1000BWS Case Review @ Tweaknews
"Thermaltake has a real gem in the Lanbox chassis. The design and styling elements join to produce a small, portable case that not only performs very well, but also is relatively easy to work in, given the space limitations. And, it looks as good as it performs. Its sleek, classy look garnered a lot of attention around here, and it's easy to see why. The all aluminum construction keeps the Lanbox light while the modular design keeps it strong."

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ASUS Super-Multi SATA Optical Drive @ Benchmark Reviews
"All DVD-burners are the same, right? So what makes one better than the next. It's rare these days to hear about an optical drive, with all the other components that are getting faster, greener, and cheaper. Today, Benchmark Reviews is taking a look at ASUS's most recent addition to the optical drive market, the ASUS DRW-24B1ST 24x DVD+/-RW. Many of us may have recently been contemplating an upgrade to our old drives. After a few years of wear and tear, optical drives can give out. Also, with recent upgrades in motherboards, you might find yourself without an IDE channel, necessitating the purchase of a newer SATA model drive. Benchmark Reviews will test the ASUS DRW-24B1ST against other optical drives with USB, IDE, and SATA connectors to find out just exactly what ASUS has in store with it's newest DVD-Burner."

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Tuesday, February 9, 2010
Sapphire HD5750 Vapor-X Reviewed in Metku.net
"Gamers on a budget can have hard time on finding good value for their money. This time we'll check out if Sapphire's HD5750 offers enough"

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Sapphire ATI Radeon HD5570 Videocard Review @ Tweaknews
"The Sapphire HD5570 has to be taken in context to truly see how and where this product fits in ATI's current lineup of DirectX 11 videocards. The HD5570 is targeted towards the user that wants a small form factor card to insert into a small workstation or HTPC, but doesn't want to settle for the very basic performance of the HD5450."

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NVIDIA Optimus Aims To Improve Battery Life on Notebooks @ Legit Reviews
"When I first heard about the new technology from NVIDIA called OPTIMUS my thoughts went directly to the Transformers. Unfortunately this new technology won't transform your laptop into a something that it's not. What it does do however, is still a great feat. A few years ago NVIDIA released Hybrid SLI which allowed you to manually switch graphics engines. You had the choice to run either integrated graphic or a discrete graphics card. Problem was you had to manually switch, either people didn't realize that or they didn't know how to switch. It is estimated that only 1% of the computers that had the option, ever switched..."

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Sapphire HD 5570 1 GB @ Bjorn3D
"For many people $200 USD is just too much for a graphics card, but they still want to be able to play games. While mid range cards don't have the performance to max out all of the latest games, they can at least play them and deliver that playability at a low price point. Today we have the latest addition to ATI's lineup, the HD 5570. This card aims to replace the aging HD 4670. Many owners of a 4670 will praise its amazing price to performance ratio. These same owneres will no doubt pick up a 5570, or maybe take a step up to the 5600 series. However if you are not able to afford a 5600 series card, or are planning a lower power PC then the 5500 series is an amazing option."

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World-Exclusive: Powercolor HD 5870 PCS+ @ techPowerUp
"PowerColor's brand new HD 5870 PCS+ comes with an overclock out of the box and an amazing cooling solution that makes the card quieter than any other card in this performance segment. For a price increase of only $10-$20 over the reference design this seems like a great deal."

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Thermaltake Element V Case Review @ XtremeComputing
"Thermaltake recently sent me the 301 Wing RS midi-tower case, which is at the budget end of the market, for review. Today I will be reviewing the Thermaltake Element V gaming full tower case. This case is far more up the high-end scale compared to the 301 Wing RS, and as such will demand a premium in price."

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Sapphire Radeon HD 5570 1GB CrossFire Video Card Review @ Legit Reviews
"The ATI Radeon HD 5450 graphics card that was launched last week brought full DirectX 11 support, ATI Eyefinity multi-display technology and ATI Stream technology support for ~$49. That is a hard combination to beat for the price, but the Radeon HD 5450 graphics card wasn't that great in gaming and some have said that it is too weak in compute performance. The ATI Radeon HD 5570 that was introduced today has four times the compute performance on paper and we were able to see nearly a two times performance difference in real world game testing. Not a bad increase for just an extra $30, but gamers will be hard pressed to go with anything less than a Radeon HD 5670 as it does much better across the board when it comes to gaming..."

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Monday, February 8, 2010
LiteOn Strong-Page MLC SSD LA-32M1S @ Benchmark Reviews
"Hopefully one day soon Solid State Drives will be standard equipment for new computer systems, but first SSDs must become available as an optional upgrade item for build-it-yourself orders. Plextor/LiteOn hopes to bring this service to tier-one OEMs, and computers from Acer, Dell, HP, Lenovo, and Sony could soon offer lightning-fast SSD performance. In this article, Benchmark Reviews tests the LiteOn 32GB 'Strong-Page' SSD, model LA-32M1S, built on the Marvell 88SS8014-BHP2 Da-Vinci controller."

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QNAP NMP-1000 Network Media Player @ techPowerUp
"The NMP-1000 is not only a simple media player to hook up to your TV. The small unit includes a BitTorrent client, NAS, uPnP & DNLA functionality along with playback of ShoutCast, YouTube, Flickr, Picasa and Apple Trailers. In fact the list of functionality is so diverse, it does justify the 399 US Dollar price tag and still manages to put a smile on our faces."

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How To Reverse Engineer A Motherboard BIOS
"Since being let go by Novell last year where he worked on the RadeonHD Linux graphics driver and X.Org support within SuSE Linux, Luc Verhaegen has continued work on his VIA Unichrome DDX driver as well as other X.Org code and he has also become involved with the CoreBoot project that aims to create a free software BIOS for most chipsets and motherboards on the market. Luc has worked on support for flashing the BIOS on ATI graphics cards, native VGA text mode support, and other work to help the CoreBoot project. Today at FOSDEM in Brussels, Luc Verhaegen is about to give a talk on reverse engineering a motherboard BIOS."

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Antec Nine Hundred Two Ultimate Gaming Case Review @ Legit Reviews
"The Antec Nine Hundred Two case is the perfect case for builders who are just getting started or those of us who have been building machines for years. Antec makes the case incredibly versatile by allowing the user to practically customize the location for each storage device. Fan locations and controls are ideal and can be easily reached. All the fans are essentially quiet on their slowest settings, but this is more than enough to keep your rig cool. For hard-core enthusiasts, you can still crank the fans sacrificing noise comfort for airflow. Working with the Antec Nine Hundred Two was very easy..."

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MSI N240GT-MD512 OC/D5 @ Bjorn3D
"As the worlds patiently awaits NVIDIA Fermi which is aimed to challenge the ATI Radeon HD 5870, the graphics giant is not sitting idling. In fact, NVIDIA has been busying updating their existing lineup. NVIDIA has revamped the entire graphics line up to the 200 series."

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Samsung PN58B850 58 inch Plasma TV Review @ Tweaknews
"No longer will you have to worry about ghosting artifacts and you can watch any action movie or sports game and feel like you are really there. Although LCD models may try to mimic the fluid playback a plasma TV brings to the table, they can't hold a candle to plasma technology even today."

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EVGA Geforce GTX275 CO-OP Video Card @ Benchmark Reviews
"NVIDIA and ATI dominate the market for gaming-oriented video cards. But neither company sells video cards directly to the consumer; rather, they produce "reference designs" that are manufactured by a number of "partners". Most partners simply produce the reference design and slap an identifying sticker on the card's cooler; although some might replace the reference design cooler with a quieter or more powerful solution, with few exceptions there's little to distinguish one partner's version of a specific card from another partner's version of the same card. EVGA breaks out of this rut with their EVGA GTX 275 CO-OP PhysX Edition, model 012-P3-1178-TR, which combines NVIDIA GTS250 and GTX275 GPUs on the same card, and Benchmark Reviews takes it around the block to see what it's got."

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Saturday, February 6, 2010
Sapphire HD 5670 1 GB @ Bjorn3D
"Many people out there simply do not have $200 laying around to go out and buy a new graphics card. You may be someone who fits into this category, and are looking for some performance and features while still retaining the lower price point. Today we have the Sapphire HD 5670 which falls into this category. Sapphire understands that many users just want to have higher performance without paying a huge price, so they have opted to include an aftermarket cooler with thier take on the 5670. This means that you will not only have a cool running card, but you'll also be able to easily overclock to the max."

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Microsoft Explorer Wireless Rechargeable Mouse Review @ Tweaknews
"After using Microsoft's new Explorer mouse for over a week, I'm very impressed by both the functionality of the BlueTrack Technology and the overall design and feel of the mouse. Careful shopping can get you one of these units for around $40 or so, and while cheaper mice are available, I would consider this an excellent value and would have no reservations in recommending this product."

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Travel Stix - Pet Care and Travel for Dogs USB Flash Drive Review @ Legit Reviews
"Today we are going to look at the Travel Stix Dog Care & Travel Flash drive made by Solex Enterprises LLC specifically for those that travel with their dogs. This drive contains important forms and is for owners who are leaving their pet with a kennel or having their pet travel with them. As you can see the flash drive itself is about the same size as a credit card, which means that it is rather thin and could easily fit in your wallet or purse..."

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Friday, February 5, 2010
Kingston MobileLite G2 USB Card Reader Review @ Legit Reviews
"The Kingston MobileLite G2 card reader makes for a nice travel companion for those using one of the variety of cards it supports. If you are compact flash card user, you are out of luck here but that's hardly surprising given the reader is near the same size as a compact flash card. I don't have any real complaints about the reader or the accompanying SDHC card. There was the minor issue with the amount of play with the retractable cover on the card end of the device but this was minimal and at no point was I concerned that it may break or become stuck. For reassurance, Kingston offers a 2-year warranty on the G2 reader and a lifetime warranty on the SDHC card..."

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Zalman CNPS10X Extreme & CNPS10X Flex @ Bjorn3D
"Zalman. The first thing that comes to mind for most people when they hear that name is 'CPU heatsinks'. Since 1999, Zalman has been providing great products designed to keep PC components cool, especially CPUs. The Zalman CNPS10X Extreme and CNPS10X Flex continue the Zalman tradition of providing great cooling components for CPUs. While the Flex allows you the flexibility to choose your fan setup, the Extreme provides a controllable PWM fan for immediate installation."

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AZZA Solano 1000R Full-Tower Computer Case @ Benchmark Reviews
"AZZA have taken a few steps away from what is considered conventional with the Solano 1000R (model: CSAZ-1000R) and gave it an extreme bright red interior. The AZZA Solano also boasts "maximum thermal management with fans installed everywhere" to keep your high end hardware cool. In sum, a total of two 230mm fans, two 140mm fans and one 120mm fan work in harmony to provide you maximum airflow. This full tower case supports E-ATX, ATX, and Micro ATX motherboards and the thumb screw design allows for easy installation of seven PCI expansion cards. A plethora of drive bays, including up to ten 5.25" and eight 3.5" bays, allow you to grow your system over time. All the bays have a thumb screw design for easy assembly as well. Are you looking for a new case? Join Benchmark Reviews as we examine the Solano 1000R ATX full-tower ATX case."

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Thursday, February 4, 2010
Intel Clarkdale Linux Graphics Performance
"Last week we delivered our first Linux benchmarks of Intel's Core i3 Clarkdale processor with a variety of computational tests through the Phoronix Test Suite. While the Core i3 packs a nice performance punch, that is not all it has to offer. Also found on the Clarkdale (and mobile Arrandale) processors is an integrated 45nm graphics processor that is supposed to offer a decent level of performance in comparison to earlier Intel IGPs normally found on the motherboard's Chipset. In this article are these first Intel benchmarks for the Clarkdale graphics processor as we see how its open-source Intel driver stack compares to that of AMD with their open-source Radeon stack up through the Radeon R700 series."

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Silverstone Strider Plus Series 850W Modular PSU @ Bjorn3D
"If you have used Silverstone Power Supplies in the past, then you know Silverstone had their older Strider Series power supplies ranging from 350W to 1500W. These PSUs also ranged from non-certified PSUs to 80Plus Silver Certified on the 1500W power supply. This time however, Silverstone decided to release their new Strider Plus Series power supplies ranging from 750W to 1000W in a full 100% modular design. All of these power supplies already come 80Plus Silver certified, which means that you will have high quality, low heat, and a more efficient power supply."

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FW: Synology DS210j - 2 Bay NAS Review @ XtremeComputing
"If you've not heard of Synology before, it'll probably be because they only make NAS devices (for home and office), and you've not really looked into any. The reason I say you won't have looked into any, is because Synology are quite a big name in the NAS world, so you'd have been hard pressed to miss them."

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Synology DS210j - 2 Bay NAS Review @ XtremeComputing
"If you've not heard of Synology before, it'll probably be because they only make NAS devices (for home and office), and you've not really looked into any. The reason I say you won't have looked into any, is because Synology are quite a big name in the NAS world, so you'd have been hard pressed to miss them."

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HIS Radeon HD 5750 Videocard Review @ Tweaknews
"HIS has done a great job of releasing a feature-filled HD5750 option for the mild gaming consumer to consider. With excellent cooling and an included free DX11 game, this HD5750 for US$155 can be summed up against other HD5750s as being one of the best options available."

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ATI Radeon HD5450 HTPC Video Card @ Benchmark Reviews
"Just when I thought they had finished cutting halves, ATI has taken the 40nm Cypress architecture to a new low. Low power, that is. In a brand new design, unlike anything they have released with this architecture, ATI is going after the Home Theater PC market with their heat sinks blazing. OK, I exaggerate; the Radeon HD5450 video card actually runs pretty cool, which is the point, really. It's silent, too, with a large and lovely red heatsink sitting atop the tiny GPU, sans fan. Follow along with Benchmark Reviews as we investigate an early sample of ATI's new standard bearer for low-power HTPC applications."

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ATI Radeon HD 5450 512MB DDR3 Video Card Review @ Legit Reviews
"The ATI Radeon HD 5450 graphics card brings full DirectX 11 support, ATI Eyefinity multi-display technology and ATI Stream technology support for less than $60. That sounds great, but in reality the Radeon HD 5450 graphics card wasn't that great in gaming. What the ATI Radeon HD 5450 is good at is a home theater PC (HTPC) or a media PC. The single slot low-profile capable card that we looked at today requires no cooling fan or additional power supply power cables. Since the card is passively-cooled it is silent and the fact that it can do HDMI 1.3a with Dolby TrueHD and DTS-HD Master Audio it is the ideal graphics card for a HTPC. For less than $60 the Radeon HD 5450 video card costs less than HDMI sound cards like the $139 ASUS Xonar HDAV 1.3 Slim HDMI Audio Card that was once needed for DTS-HD Master Audio bitstreaming. Now with a graphics card like the ATI Radeon HD 5450 you get pretty much all the same functionality plus additional GPU features..."

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Wednesday, February 3, 2010
Sapphire HD 5770 Vapor-X @ techPowerUp
"Sapphire's HD 5770 Vapor-X features their exclusive cooling solution which promises to reduce temperature, fan noise and increase overclocking potential. In our testing we confirmed that the card does indeed run quiet, cool and offers the highest overclocks we saw on a HD 5770 so far."

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AMD Athlon II X4 635 2.9GHz Quad Core Processor Review @ Legit Reviews
"The AMD Athlon II X4 635 is the latest and greatest quad-core Athlon II processor to be released. The AMD Athlon II X4 635 comes priced at a low price of $125.99 plus shipping. Based on the Propus Die, the Athlon II X4 635 has a clock speed of 2.9GHz with a 2000MHz HT link and memory support for both DDR2 and DDR3. The chips overall clock frequency is just 100MHz faster than the AMD Athlon II X4 630, which costs $108.99 plus shipping. For an extra ~$20 you get another 100MHz speed bump, which might make some of you yawn, but at least AMD is headed in the right direction. Both the AMD Athlon II X4 630 and 635 processors are great quad-core CPUs that are ideal for someone looking for the threaded performance that only a quad-core processor can offer...: Article Title: AMD Athlon II X4 635 2.9GHz Quad Core Processor Review Article URL: http://www.legitreviews.com/article/1199/1/ -- You may automatically unsubscribe from this list at any time by visiting the following URL: "

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Gigabyte 1 Gig HD5670 @ Bjorn3D
"ATI has always released video cards for just about everyone in every possible price bracket. This normally entails having the most up to date Direct X capabilities on every one of their price bracketed video cards. We all know that Direct X 11 is going to be a reality in our games. Unlike Direct X 10, Direct X 11 is very well optimized and brings to the table a whole slew of newer and exciting features we never have seen before in our games."

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Crucial RealSSD-C300 SATA-III 6Gbps SSD @ Benchmark Reviews
"Solid State Drive technology has helped transform computers into high-performance machines. Adding to the mania, 6.0-Gbps SATA-III bandwidth has cleared any bottlenecks that may have previously limited SSD speeds. Based on the Marvell 88SS9174-BJP2 SSD processor, the 256GB Crucial RealSSD-C300 becomes the industry's first SATA-6G consumer Solid State Drive. Likewise, the C300 is also the first SSD to use ONFI 2.1 synchronous NAND flash. In this article, Benchmark Reviews tests the MTFDDAC256MAG model rated for 355 MBps read speeds using the HighPoint Rocket 620LF host controller."

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Tuesday, February 2, 2010
Cooler Master Xport 251 @ techPowerUp
"The XPort 251 is very compact and goes for the functional, understated design. Cooler Master also goes the extra mile to add a pouch to it, to add further protection for your precious data. The question remains, if the Xport 251 manages to turn heads or go down in the crowd of other, similar enclosures on the market"

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Phoronix Test Suite 2.4 Released
"Phoronix Media has announced the immediate release of Phoronix Test Suite 2.4 (codenamed"

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ECS GeForce GT 240 512MB GDDR5 HDMI Video Card Review @ Legit Reviews
"If your looking for a graphics card to use in an HTPC the ECS GeForce GT 240 would be ideal as the Arctic Cooling heat sink does a great job of keeping the card cool. The best part is that it's nearly silent in operation and would not be distracting at all in a quiet room. While we don't have an official statement from NVIDIA, we have it on good authority that the GeForce GT 240 will support 3D Blu-ray. The only thing keeping it from being the perfect HTPC card is the lack of bit streaming HD audio..."

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Synology DS-210J Two-Bay NAS Review @ Tweaknews
"Synology's DS210j is a great example of a low cost and easy to set up NAS unit geared towards home users and their demands. Storing and sharing multimedia files is a top priority in the home market, and the DS210j has those needs covered by providing a DLNA media server, iTunes server, audio station, download station, and various other features."

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Windows 7 System Image Disc Recovery @ Benchmark Reviews
"Very recently Benchmark Reviews published the Microsoft Windows 7 Upgrade and Installation guide, which helps erase the mistakes made by Windows Vista and introduces computer enthusiasts to the newly introduced O/S. Microsoft has enjoyed a successful launch for their Windows 7 Operating System, also referred to at Win7 or W7, and PCs have been made more productive and secure as a result. But like all good things that we receive, it's in our nature to protect and keep them. The best way to accomplish this is with a solid backup, and luckily Windows 7 offers a built-in Backup and Restore tool for creating System Images. By creating a backup file users can preserve their data, but with a System Image recovering the source disk can be helpful when replacing the drive with another. In this article, Benchmark Reviews guides users on the best practices for protecting and Recovering Windows 7 with System Image Restore Disks."

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Inside Intel and Micron's 25nm NAND Fab - IMFT @ Legit Reviews
"This shrink is important as the new 25nm process reduces chip count by 50 percent compared to previous process generations, allowing for smaller, yet higher density designs and greater cost efficiencies. This is great news as that means IMFT will be able to get twice as many NAND Flash chips per wafer. Intel said that performance would be comparable to 34nm speeds today, but that endurance and reliability would be improved. Since devices like SSDs can be built using less 'chips' now you can expect to see SSD capacities increasing in the months to come. Micron even mentioned that 1TB 2.5"

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Monday, February 1, 2010
Vantec NexStar TX NST-210S2-BK @ techPowerUp
"Vantec brings us the NexStar TX 2.5" SATA USB 2.0 Hard Drive Enclosure. With a wide variety of different kinds of storage mediums on the market at different prices and craftsmanship a decision on a somewhat simple device is not always easy. Let's see why the NexStar TX enclosure may be right for you and what sets it apart from the rest."

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Open-Source ATI Evergreen Support Arrives
"Months after the ATI Radeon HD 5000 series (known by the"

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Tyan S2915 n6650W & S2927 n3600B
"Over the years at Phoronix there have been reviews on many Tyan motherboards for desktops, servers, and workstations. The build quality of these motherboards have always been very good; after all, Tyan has been around for two decades and their workstation/server products must be very dependable if they wish to maintain their premiere position within the industry. The Linux compatibility with the motherboards has also been generally quite good due to its dominant use on their operating systems. As our first Tyan review for 2010 we are looking at the S2915 n6650W and S2927 n3600B motherboards. Both motherboards are designed for AMD's Opteron 2000 series processors and have a similar feature set, but there are a few key differences between these two high-end workstation motherboards."

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Sapphire 5770 Vapor X @ Bjorn3D
"Many of us are always doing whatever we can to get that last MHz out of our equipment. This includes going out and buying an aftermarket cooler to allow us to increase the voltages, or buying a better overclocking motherboard. If you go with an aftermarket cooler for your video card then a few problems arise. First you have to take off the stock cooler then carefully apply the VRM coolers, ect. Why not just buy a card with an aftermarket cooler already installed? The answer to that most of the time is, 'But there are no aftermarket cooled cards available.' Today we happen to have an aftermarket cooled 5770 by Sapphire. This card gives you all the advantages of aftermarket cooling without the hassle of installing your own aftermarket cooler."

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In Win AMMO 2.5 RFID USB enclosure Review @ XtremeComputing
"For this review I will be looking at a product from a manufacturer that until fairly recently, a couple of months or so ago, I had never come across before. The company is In Win and the product of theirs I am looking at for this review is a laptop hard drive enclosure, but with a nice added security feature of RFID."

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NZXT Tempest-EVO Computer Case @ Benchmark Reviews
"Following the success of the original Tempest mid-tower computer case, NZXT tinkered around with its designs and came up with the NZXT Tempest Evo. The two cases share many of the same assets, and are both priced at $119.99. The Tempest Evo features an array of upgrades, including a unified paint job and better cable management. With a total of six 120mm intake/exhaust fans, the NZXT Tempest Evo mid-tower case promises excellent airflow. Benchmark Reviews takes a detailed inspection of the NZXT Tempest Evo mid-tower computer case, model TEVO-001BK, to see how much of an "evolution" it is and how close it comes to perfection."

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