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Wednesday, March 31, 2010
GeForce GTX 480 Gets a BIOS Update and Cooks an Egg @ Legit Reviews
"Yesterday, we updated the video card BIOS of our NVIDIA GeForce GTX 480 reference graphics card to what we were told is the version that will be used on the GeForce GTX 480 graphics cards when they come out in just a couple weeks. The version that all the press reviewed last week was 70.00.10.00.01 and the latest build with some minor tweaks and bug fixes is version 70.00.18.00.01. Since Legit Reviews was the first site to point out the high temperature issue when using two monitors, the engineers at NVIDIA were kind enough to let us try the latest vBIOS build to see if it fixed our heat issues as the new vBIOS included some new fan profiles..."

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Addonics NAS2XU2 NAS 2.0 Adapter Review @ Tweaknews
"Today's review will cover the NAS2XU2 NAS adapter from Addonics, which turns any USB hard drive into a network attached storage device. It's a small, very portable device that also provides a DHCP server, FTP server, Xbox 360 media server, and more. Time to take it for a test run."

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Zalman CPNS10X Performa CPU Cooler Review @ Legit Reviews
"Last year Zalman released the CNPS 10X Extreme CPU Cooler. It was in a more traditional square upright tower cooler design, and in Zalman fashion had flare to its design. Today we get to take a look at the newest version of the CNPS10X line, the CNPS10X Performa. Performa, short for performance, makes this version of the CNPS10X the no nonsense, no frills, get the job done cooler..."

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Tuesday, March 30, 2010
ADATA S599 SandForce SF-1200 SSD Test @ Benchmark Reviews
"ADATA is a finished-goods company with deep roots in the enthusiast system memory market. Like nearly every company that sells DRAM-based products, ADATA has gone the way of the SSD. Promising 280/270 MBps read/write speeds with Windows-7 TRIM support, the ADATA S599 Solid State Drive offers 100GB of high-speed storage capacity. Built from the SandForce SF-1200 SSD processor, Benchmark Reviews tests ACHI speeds and performance with the ADATA S599 against some of the fastest storage devices available."

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ASUS UL50Vf Notebook Review - NVIDIA Optimus Takes the Stage @ Legit Reviews
"ASUS is really stepping up to the plate by taking one of their best-selling notebooks that offers advanced power savings and adding to it even more advanced artificial intelligence that is NVIDIA Optimus. NVIDIA Optimus takes the worry and task of manually switching between integrated and discrete graphics away from the user and handles it on-the-fly. This is a perfect match for the average user that just wants results when necessary and wants the extra battery life. With these users in mind, the UL50Vf is a perfect match with NVIDIA Optimus and GeForce G210m graphics..."

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Mac OS X 10.6.3 Packs Some Regressions
"Yesterday we published Mac OS X 10.6.2 vs. Ubuntu 10.04 benchmarks. Overall, both the latest Mac OS X and Ubuntu Linux operating systems were competitive with one another, but there were a few strong points to each OS. As luck would have it, Apple finally introduced the Mac OS X 10.6.3 update that brought a variety of maintenance updates to Snow Leopard. There were a few rumored performance-related changes as well as addressing"

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FW: Noctua NH-D14 Heatpipe Cooler Review @ XtremeComputing
"Noctua have a justified reputation of silent, yet powerful cooling. Partnering with the Austrian Institute of Heat Transmission and Fan Technology(!) allows some serious science behind their products, and as seen in the performance of their other kit we've reviewed it seems to work. So it is with anticipation that I will be looking at their huge NH-D14 cooler."

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Technocel Ear Vibe @ Bjorn3D
"Looking to add a little spice to your music or gaming? For quite a while now Dolby speakers have utilized large Bass speakers to add a little oomph to games and the right amount of bass makes music sound even better. We especially like the Bass effect in games when the bass is close enough to feel the sound pulsate when explosions go off in close proximity."

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Noctua NH-D14 Heatpipe Cooler Review @ XtremeComputing
"Noctua have a justified reputation of silent, yet powerful cooling. Partnering with the Austrian Institute of Heat Transmission and Fan Technology(!) allows some serious science behind their products, and as seen in the performance of their other kit we've reviewed it seems to work. So it is with anticipation that I will be looking at their huge NH-D14 cooler."

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Xigmatek Durin D982 Cooler Review @ Tweaknews
"Xigmatek's Durin D982 CPU cooler lives up to its diminutive namesake in size, although I doubt that the Norse dwarf was as loud as the latter day Durin. To be fair, this cooler would be much more at home in a low power (HTPC, for instance,) system than in the high-watt performance arena in which it was tested."

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Gigabyte Ghost Xtreme GM-M8000X Gaming Mouse @ Benchmark Reviews
"When you think about Gigabyte, motherboards usually come to mind. Fierce business competition can force a company to branch out, which is why Gigabyte works with many different products such as PC graphics accelerators and PC peripherals. Gigabyte sent Benchmark Reviews their latest gaming mouse. With a pro-laser 6000 DPI sensor, 32KB built-in memory for combination macros, customizable buttons and a very appealing design, the Gigabyte Ghost Xtreme appears as a very interesting product for hardcore gamers. Benchmark Reviews tests the Gigabyte GM-M8000X Gaming mouse in this article to see if this new contender is good enough for PC gamers."

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Monday, March 29, 2010
Exclusive: XFX Radeon 5970 Video Card w/ 4GB of Memory @ Legit Reviews
"The XFX Radeon HD 5970 4GB Black Edition video card will be a limited edition card with an estimated hundreds of graphics cards being made. XFX expects to begin selling the cards in about a month for roughly $100 more than a standard Radeon HD 5970, which is $699 to $750 if you can find them. This would make the XFX Radeon HD 5970 4GB Black Edition to be around $799 to $850 based on our assumptions. XFX also stated that they will hand pick each of these cards and that overclockers are going to love them..."

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Mac OS X 10.6.2 vs. Ubuntu 10.04 Performance
"While we are just weeks away from delivering the most comprehensive Mac OS X vs. Windows 7 vs. Linux benchmarks, and Apple is on the heels of releasing the major Mac OS X 10.6.3 update, for those impatient ones today we have published an extensive set of tests comparing the performance of Mac OS X 10.6.2 against a development build of Ubuntu 10.04. This is our first time exploring how Canonical's Lucid Lynx can compete with Apple's Snow Leopard."

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Thermaltake SpinQ Six Heatpipe CPU Cooler Review @ Legit Reviews
"The Thermaltake SpinQ offers a one-of-a-kind look, with 6- 6mm copper heatpipes which are chrome plated and curved into the 50 circular aluminum fins, each of which are slightly rotated for the spiral appearance which you can see better below. This is also a lightweight cooler, weighing in at 667 grams. The most unique part of the cooler is the 80mm blow-fan which is 85mm deep, and comes with a VR fan controller for on-the-fly adjustment. The VR controller is great if you use CPU-heavy applications but do not need the performance all the time; it's all up to the user..."

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Catalyst vs. Mesa Performance With Ubuntu 10.04
"Over the past two weeks, we have published a variety of articles looking at different aspects of the open-source Linux graphics stack. These articles range from comparing the Gallium3D and classic Mesa performance to comparing the kernel mode-setting and user-space mode-setting performance. Today we are continuing with this interesting Linux graphics coverage by publishing benchmarks comparing the performance of the Radeon Mesa DRI graphics driver to AMD's Catalyst 10.4 proprietary driver. Is the open-source driver finally catching up to AMD's highly optimized driver? Continue reading to find out."

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Gigabyte 790XT-USB3 @ Bjorn3D
"With the recent introduction of USB3 and SATA 6 Gb/s the 790X chipset was really showing its age. Today we have Gigabyte's update to the 790X platform. This new board supports USB3. This drastically improves the transfer speeds of USB devices that use the technology. This also future proofs the board a little bit. Since AMD has just released their 890GX chipset, this seems a bit late."

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FSP Group Zen 400 Watt Fanless Silent Power Supply Review @ Tweaknews
"FSP Group's Zen 400 is one of the very few silent power supplies on the market today, and has proven to be an excellent PSU during testing. With an 80 PLUS Bronze efficiency rating, a distinct look and great performance, this is an excellent product for the silent PC niche market."

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AMD Athlon-II X2-255 AM3 Processor @ Benchmark Reviews
"In late January 2010, AMD released a new series of processors that fills in some of the gaps in their Athlon-II and Phenom-II Dual, Triple, and Quad-Core Lines. Most of the newly released processors are really just 100MHz clock speed bumps on the old versions. We have also seen the addition of some triple and quad core Athlon-II processors. In this article Benchmark Reviews focuses on the newly released AMD Athlon-II X2-255 AM3 ADX255OCGQBOX processor. Based on the Regor core, the Athlon-II X2-255 has a 3.1GHz clock speed, up 100Mhz from the Athlon-II X2-250 at 3.0GHz which was released last summer. The Athlon-II X2-255 is at the very low end of the newly released processors and represents a value based market at only $75. Benchmark Reviews is going to use the Athlon-II X2-255, with its support for DDR2 RAM up to 1066MHz as well as DDR3 RAM up to 1333MHz, to show some of the great upgrade options available for consumers who have been waiting for a low-cost option for a better computer system."

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Sunday, March 28, 2010
Arctic Cooling E361-BM @ techPowerUp
"Arctic Cooling known for their innovative cooling solutions recently launched a new line of in-ears. In this review we will be taking a closer look at their top-of-the-line in-ear dubbed E361-BM. Fitted with a microphone and remote these earphones also double as a headset, both for PC and phone."

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Friday, March 26, 2010
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 480 Fermi Video Card @ Benchmark Reviews
"At the center of every new technology is purpose, and NVIDIA has designed their Fermi GF100 GPU with an end-goal of redefining the video game experience through significant graphics processor innovations. Disruptive technology often changes the way users interact with computers, and the GeForce GTX 480 graphics card is a complex tool built to arrive at one simple destination: immersive entertainment. Priced at $499, the NVIDIA GeForce GTX 480 empowers DirectX-11 video games to deliver unmatched geometric realism. In this article Benchmark Reviews tests 3D frame rate performance of NVIDIA's GeForce GTX 480, and demonstrates how well Fermi architecture fits in with GeForce 3D-Vision."

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NVIDIA Drops Their Open-Source Driver
"NVIDIA's open-source Linux efforts as it concerns their GPU support have historically been minimal. The xf86-video-nv driver has been around that provides very basic 2D acceleration and a crippled set of features besides that (no proper RandR 1.2/1.3, KMS, power management, etc) while the code has also been obfuscated to try to protect their intellectual property. However, NVIDIA has decided to deprecate this open-source driver of theirs. No, NVIDIA is not working on a new driver. No, NVIDIA is not going to support the Nouveau project. Instead, NVIDIA now just recommends its users use the X.Org VESA driver to get to NVIDIA.com when installing Linux so they can install their proprietary driver."

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NVIDIA GeForce GTX 480 GF100 DX11 Video Card Review @ Legit Reviews
"Heat and power aside, the GeForce GTX 480 graphics card is impressive as they took the single GPU performance crown back from ATI and that was no easy task. They also improved the GPGPU performance over the previous generation core by a fair amount. Seeing F@H performance jump up nearly 70% was amazing, but at the same time the power and heat increases took the fun out of that performance increase. Having waited this long for Fermi to come out, I personally expected a little different user experience and many of you might have as well..."

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NVIDIA GeForce GTX 480 Fermi @ techPowerUp
"Today marks the release of NVIDIA's new GeForce Fermi architecture. After excruciating months of delays, NVIDIA has finally given the green light for their new products. The GeForce GTX 480 offers all the latest features like DirectX 11, Tesselation, gaming on multiple monitors and GPU computation. Did NVIDIA's new card manage to claim the throne?"

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Nvidia GTX-480 (Fermi, GF100) @ Bjorn3D
"We've all been waiting for Fermi for so long that when it finally came through the door, it was almost like a dream. With a newly redesigned core and 3.2 Billion transistors and 512 CUDA cores (480 exposed), the GTX-480 is one cutting edge powerful GPU you won't want to miss. The addition of DirectX capabilities and a GPU that can churn through Tessellation like no other."

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GeForce GTX 480 PCI-Express Scaling @ techPowerUp
"NVIDIA's latest beast offers unprecedented performance to the enthusiast gamer. But it also requires massive amounts of data being fed to it to perform. That's why it is commonly expected that high-end graphics cards are crippled if the PCI-Express interface does not offer the maximum speed of x16 2.0. We test four different PCI-E configurations and their performance to shine light on this question."

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JayBird SB1 Sportsband Bluetooth Stereo Headphones Review @ Legit Reviews
"Many people with mobile phones and other devices that are Bluetooth capable want to be able to use that feature. That is where the JayBird SB1 Sportsband comes in. These headphones are designed to let you enjoy a rich sound experience and let you be wireless at the same time using the Bluetooth connection of your device. The JayBird SB1 Sportsband is also targeted to those that live an active lifestyle (hence the name"

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XFX Radeon HD5830 DX11 Video Card @ Benchmark Reviews
"The XFX Radeon HD 5830 is one of many new Cypress-based DirectX 11 video cards released by ATI partners in the last few weeks, to great anticipation in the marketplace. Each of the HD5830 cards was designed by the individual AIB partners and there really are no two that are alike, except for minor variations sold side-by-side by a few companies. The high clock rate of the HD-5830 GPU, and its 2 billion plus transistor count, made this design a challenging one for many of the suppliers. The HD-583X-ZNFV graphics card from XFX uses some new power supply technology and a classic cooler design to simplify the Radeon 5xxx design a bit and cut costs, without sacrificing quality or performance. Benchmark Reviews has a retail sample in our lab; let's see how well XFX executed on their strategy."

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Thursday, March 25, 2010
Sapphire Radeon HD 5850 Toxic 1GB Video Card Review @ Legit Reviews
"Overclocking performance on the Sapphire HD 5850 TOXIC Edition video card was amazing. We were able to take the card from 765MHz core clock and 1125MHz memory clock all the way up to 901MHz core clock and 1200MHz memory clock. This is a 24% increase on the core clock and a 20% increase on the memory clock from a reference design Radeon HD 5850 as a normal ATI Radeon HD 5850 runs at just 700MHz on the core and 1000MHz on the memory. By overclocking the Sapphire HD 5850 TOXIC Edition graphics card it was nearly able to perform on the same level as the Radeon HD 5870!"

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ASUS DRW-24B1ST DVD-RW Optical Drive @ Bjorn3D
"Rewritable DVD drives are a basic necessity in almost every modern day computer. Either it be a typical laptop or desktop machine, its bound to have a DVD-RW drive. Picking an optical drive when building the next computer may be as simple as sorting by price and clicking 'Add to Cart'. The fact is, there is plenty to reconsider when buying an optical drive other than cost. Quality should be the main priority, no one wants to replace a DVD drive within a couple months due to failure. Features & software is another thing to consider and with most companies focusing on going 'green', you should consider that as well."

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Wednesday, March 24, 2010
Corsair Padlock 2 8 GB @ techPowerUp
"Corsair's latest Padlock revision brings about more changes than just a new look. Data is now secured with a 256-bit AES encryption, unlike the original Padlock 1, which just cut off power to the flash drive unless the correct PIN was entered. We drill the Padlock 2 to see if it holds up or snitches under pressure."

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Win an iBUYPOWER Chimera 2 Gaming System with an I7-980X CPU @ Legit Reviews
"Our good friends over at Intel and iBuyPower have assembled a Killer Chimera 2 system that we are more than happy to give away to one of our lucky forum members in the coming weeks! This is your chance to win an Intel X58 chipset and Core I7-980X powered gaming system (aka Gulftown) for just being an active member of Legit Reviews! This system isn't your average system either as it is packed full of high-end components like an ATI Radeon HD 5870 1GB video card, 6GB of DDR3 1600MHz memory, LG Blu-Ray player and since Intel is sponsoring the contest you know it has to have an Intel 80GB SSD along inside along with another 1TB hard drive for file storage! All this goodness is packed inside the Chimera Inferno 2 gaming case and Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit has been installed. Not only will this system look good, but it will also be a solid overclocker and gaming system for one lucky winner here on Legit Reviews."

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Gigabyte X58A-UD3 @ Bjorn3D
"We at Bjorn3D.com going to be looking at one of Gigabyte's motherboards that received SATA 3.0, USB 3.0, and Gigabyte's very own USB Power III(Gigabytes 333 Design). Gigabyte's X58A-UD3 motherboard is one of Gigabyte's most affordable X58A offerings, coming in at $209 USD. The one area that the P55 chipset is hindered, is the amount of PCI-E lanes it has. The P55 chipset supports only 16x PCI-E lanes. That means when running two cards capable of 16x PCI-E each, have to resort to running at 8x each due to the 16x total PCI-E lane bandwidth then the added SATA 3.0 and USB 3.0. There have been workarounds on some P55 based boards but the price comes in with a performance hit. What makes this capability so nice on an enthusiast class chipset, is there are no limitations. We can have our cake & ice cream, and eat it too."

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Prolimatech Megahalems Rev.B CPU Cooler Review @ Tweaknews
"Prolimatech has done a great job with the Megahalems Rev.B CPU cooler, offering the PC enthusiast community top-notch performance in a well-engineered product with excellent fit and finish."

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Microsoft Arc Wireless Compact Keyboard @ Benchmark Reviews
"Many people may subscribe to the idea of "a keyboard is a keyboard is a keyboard". People don't just sit in front of a desk and use their computers anymore. Many people have their PCs connected to their televisions for home theater use, or set up in their kitchen, or hidden within some inconspicuous furniture. Anything goes these days. As computer users each change the way they use their PCs, consumers will need different peripherals to take advantage of these trends. A traditional keyboard does not always suffice in the eyes of the customer, and Microsoft recognizes and addresses this trend with the compact wireless Microsoft Arc model J5D-00001 keyboard. Benchmark Reviews has been givin the opportunity to not only test this wireless keyboard, but also determine if something that looks as good can also perform well. With a small footprint and elegant looks, Microsoft considers this a piece of decoration as much as it is a piece of electronics. Stay tuned as we see if this product lives up to performing as well as it fits into your home decor."

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Tuesday, March 23, 2010
Plantronics .Audio 476 DSP Foldable Headset Review @ Legit Reviews
"We used the Plantronics .Audio 476 DSP foldable headsetfor several VoIP calls and found the sound quality great to clearly hear those on the other end of the call. Using Google Voice and a free Gizmo5 account, we made several VoIP calls and were impressed by the call quality. When there was background noise, there was a light white noise sound that came through, but the call was crystal clear in a quiet setting. The white noise sound was definitely nothing that interfered with the ability to understand anyone, it was just a little observation made when critically listening at the call quality..."

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Testing AMD's New FirePro Linux Driver With The FirePro V8750
"Earlier this month AMD rolled out a new workstation graphics card driver, which is effectively the same Catalyst driver used by the consumer-oriented Radeon graphics cards but with greater testing and certification for the ATI workstation offerings. The press release announcing this new driver was titled"

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Gigabyte 790FXTA-UD5 @ Bjorn3D
"Many enthusiasts cannot settle without using the very best of everything. For an AMD/ATI enthusiast this would be full 16x CrossFire. The benefits of 16x CrossFire are not big at all, but that is something you just can't tell a hardcore AMD/ATI enthusiast, it makes them angry. As of right now, AMD has only released the 890 GX chipset which only supports 8x CrossFire. If you simply can't wait for the 890 FX chipset and want 16x CrossFire, Gigabyte's 790FXTA-UD5 is about as good as it gets."

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Vantec NexStar 3 SuperSpeed USB 3.0 @ techPowerUp
"USB 3.0 has slowly been gaining market share over the last months. Vantec is one of the first companies to offer a USB 3.0 compatible external 3.5" enclosure. We take the NexStar 3 for a spin to see if the USB 3 promise holds up to the test."

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I-Rocks KR-6401-BK Slim Keyboard Review @ Tweaknews
"Overall, I am satisfied with this keyboard. It does exactly what it is meant to do, which is to provide a comfortable alternative to the cramped style of a laptop or netbook keyboard."

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QNAP TS-459 Pro NAS Server @ Benchmark Reviews
"Network storage has become the convenient answer to centralized data for corporate enterprise environments. The QNAP TS-459 Pro NAS server uses the energy-efficient 1.66GHz Intel Atom D512 processor with 1GB of DDR2 system memory to enable VMware Ready iSCSI for virtualization deployments. Dual Gigabit Ethernet network interfaces allow failover safety, while four SATA drives deliver basic-disk or RAID configurations. In this article, Benchmark Reviews tests performance of the QNAP TS-459 Pro against several other network attached storage servers."

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Monday, March 22, 2010
ASUS G73Jh DX11 Gaming Notebook Review - ATI Mobility Radeon HD 5870 @ Legit Reviews
"ASUS has once again produced a solid mobile system with the G73Jh. With the size and weight of a gaming notebook with a 17.3"

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Saturday, March 20, 2010
NZXT Sentry 2 5.25-inch Touch Screen Fan Controller Review @ Legit Reviews
"The Sentry 2 is one of the least expensive single drive bay 5.25-inch fan controllers on the market right now and it worked well in all my test situations. The Sentry 2 is easy to install and took under 15 minutes to completely setup. The LCD display is easy to read in normal lighting and looks really cool in the dark. The NZXT Sentry 2 gives you critical system temperature readings and the ability to adjust your fan speeds with a touch of your fingers. This is something that seems natural and it is likely that you will find yourself using this fan controller often. With summer coming up your house, dorm or office will be warmer and keeping your PC cool is critical in making sure you don't have a system or component failure..."

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Friday, March 19, 2010
Intel Atom: NVIDIA ION vs. Radeon HD 4330 Graphics
"Last week we featured a review on two MSI WindBox Atom 330 NetTops that we had purchased to add to our testing farm, which as you may now know went into our Phoromatic Ubuntu Tracker setup that is monitoring the performance of the latest Ubuntu development packages on a daily basis. Before devoting this hardware to the farm, we ran a few benchmarks comparing the performance of NVIDIA's ION GeForce 9400M graphics processor to the ATI Radeon HD 4330 graphics processor found on the MSI 6667BB-004US and several other Atom-powered devices."

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HIS Radeon HD 5670 Videocard Review @ Tweaknews
"The HIS Radeon HD5670 is a very capable card for the cheap price of only US$89 at your favorite online retailer. Although it is not a screamer, at almost half the price of a HD5750, for the moderate gamer, it could be considered quite a deal for a videocard sporting such an impressive stock cooling solution."

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Thursday, March 18, 2010
SteelSeries 7G Gaming Keyboard Review @ XtremeComputing
"Today I'll be reviewing the SteelSeries 7G - a high end keyboard with a very high end price - around £100. To the average user, £100 for a keyboard seems excessive when you can get an 'el cheapo' one for £10 on the 'Bay, however, enthusiasts and hardcore gamers will know the difference between a £10 mouse and a £50 mouse - let's see if I can see such a distinction between the average budget keyboard I've become used to, and this gaming grade one I've been sent by SteelSeries."

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Gigabyte HD 5780 (GV-R587UD-1GD) @ Bjorn3D
"The days of buying a stock reference video card and not having other options is long past and Gigabyte is capitalizing on the aftermarket bonanza. Their Ultra Durable line of GPU's feature a 2oz copper PCB to decrease electrical resistance and decrease operating temperatures. Solid Capacitors to extend the life of the GPU and Tier 1 Samsung or Hynix memory for better overclocking. Combine all that with a great aftermarket fan factory installed and you have a lean mean overclocking machine."

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Able Planet True Fidelity NC300B Active Noise Canceling Headphones Review @ Tweaknews
"Able Planet as a company has really piqued my interest, too. They are committed to providing headphones for people with all levels of hearing. The Linx Audio technology aids in this by enhancing high frequency sounds where clarity is often lost in the early stages of hearing loss."

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Patriot Gamer-Series DDR3-1600 Memory Kit @ Benchmark Reviews
"Overclocking is getting easier than ever, and more and more users are finding that they want to try their hand at what used to be an art reserved for hardcore computer enthusiasts. In this article Benchmark Reviews tests the Patriot Gamer Series 4GB PC3-12800 DDR3-1600 dual-channel system memory kit, SKU PGS34G1600ELKA. Patriot designed this DDR3 kit to work with BEMPs (Black Edition Memory Profiles) that have been uploaded for use with the AMD Overdrive program in order to make overclocking even easier for the average enthusiast. This Patriot Gamer Series DDR3 RAM is designed to work in tandem with AMD Black Edition processors, but can be overclocked quite effectively in nearly any DDR3 compatible system. Priced at $130, the Patriot Gamer Series PC3-12800 DDR3-1600 kit represents a great opportunity for PC hardware enthusiasts to upgrade to low latency, high-performance memory at a very affordable price."

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Wednesday, March 17, 2010
ATI Catalyst 10.3a Driver Performance Benchmarking @ Legit Reviews
"After spending less than a day with the ATI Catalyst 10.3a drivers, it appears that they bring better performance to the majority of PC game titles that we tried them on. The only game title that we didn't see a performance improvement on was Batman: Arkham Asylum, but the performance hit wasn't even significant. In the other games that we benchmarked we got a small boost in performance, with the best performance gain seen coming from Tom Clancy's Hawx. Having a 19% performance gain in a game title from a driver update is amazing and something great to see. Speaking of sight, we also didn't notice any image quality differences, so it looks like ATI isn't cheating on the image quality to get better performance..."

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Phoromatic 1.0 Unleashed & Ubuntu Joins The Party
"Phoromatic, our remote test management system that makes it incredibly simple to deploy the Phoronix Test Suite across an array of systems within an organization or around the world, has been in development for more than a year. We publicly announced this unique enterprise solution when developing Phoronix Test Suite 2.0 and it publicly went into beta with Phoronix Test Suite 2.2 where it became possible to easily build a benchmarking test farm using our Phoronix software. Before ending out the year we launched Phoromatic Tracker with an initial reference implementation to monitor the Linux kernel performance on a daily basis and in a fully automated manner. Phoromatic has been a huge success, but today we are announcing that Phoromatic has reached a 1.0 status and additionally we are providing the Ubuntu Linux community with a new performance tracker in collaboration with Canonical."

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Thermaltake Element V Full ATX Tower Case Review @ Legit Reviews
"Today I have Thermaltake's Element V full-sized ATX case up for review. The case combines a mixture of aesthetic and functional components to form a rather expansive home in which your computer can safely live. Thermaltake has a variety of cases in their product line but the Element series consists of a lineup of cases from the $49 Element Q to the $159.99 Element V. All of these cases follow a simple black aesthetic with red color accents and Colorshift fans...."

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G.SKILL PIS Series 4GB Kit 2000MHz (F3-16000CL6D-4GBPIS) @ Bjorn3D
"G.SKILL has been making affordable memory DIMM's since 1989 and if you've built a computer within the past 2-3 years, you more than likely know exactly who G.SKILL is. It's hard to look passed G.SKILL's value line of memory especially if you're on a budget, but what about the hardcore enthusiast? With their PI Series line of memory, G.SKILL has been known to offer high frequency compatible memory at decent pricing. This DDR3, 2000MHz, 4GB dual channel kit we received from G.SKILL is no exception. With 6-9-6-24 2N timings and 2000MHz of frequency to play with, we were very eager to see what this PI Series kit was capable of."

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Cooler Master CM 690 II Advanced Computer Case Review @ Tweaknews
"After going over the features and specifications of the CM 690 II Advanced chassis prior to the review, I had high hopes for the case. I wasn't disappointed. Cooler Master has taken the 690 design to the next level in virtually all the important areas."

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Tuesday, March 16, 2010
JMicron JMF612 Solid State Drive @ Benchmark Reviews
"Western Digital depends on the JMicron JMF612 Solid State Drive controller inside their WD SiliconEdge-Blue SSD to produce 250Mbps reads and 170Mbps write transfers. JMicron has also secured their JMF612 processor in the A-DATA S596, the upcoming Corsair Reactor SSD series, and the yet-to-ever-release Active Media Predator-X7. While the SSD industry grows daily, only a few select manufacturers offer popularly-accepted Flash NAND SSD controllers. In this article, Benchmark Reviews evaluates the JMicron JMF612 Solid State Drive processor."

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Thermaltake SpinQ @ techPowerUp
"Thermaltake has been around for many years, creating heatsinks for nearly every market imaginable. Thermaltake's first claim to fame was the Golden Orb, a unique cooler that set the computing world on its ear. Thermaltake has not stopped there, and they are still inventing challenging new designs. Today we take a look at highly awarded SpinQ and see what it has to offer."

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Coolink Corator DS Gapless Direct Touch CPU Cooler Review @ Legit Reviews
"Back in January Coolink released its newest CPU cooler called the Corator DS, and they sent us one to test. Coolink is known for inexpensive coolers that perform, and in times like now inexpensive is good. This time around Coolink is bringing new technology to the market with their cooler: Gapless Direct Touch. Just like the name suggests, the base of the Corator DS is Heatpipe Direct Touch (HDT) design instead of the normal gaps between the round pipes. Also, the base of the HDT design is copper fitted, so that fills the space between the heatpipes. It allows the base to perform as an HDT cooler and also has the benefits of a solid base with no gaps. What also makes this interesting is that Coolink is using the Noctua SecuFirm2 mounting system..."

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Disney Alice in Wonderland @ Bjorn3D
"Have you ever wondered what it would be like to fall down the rabbit hole? For the first time you can soon experience Alice’s fantastical adventure inspired by the highly anticipated Disney Alice in Wonderland film from the mind of Tim Burton. This game promises to take you on a journey beyond the movie...and your wildest imagination."

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Monday, March 15, 2010
ProlimaTech Armageddon CPU Cooler Review @ Benchmark Reviews
"The aftermarket heatsink industry is very competitive, and manufacturers often release several product designs before finally scoring a win with enthusiasts and overclockers. The Megahalems was ProlimaTech's first run at CPU-cooler's, and a very sucessful one at that. Earning our Editor's Choice Award and countless accolades from other websites, ProlimaTech has built high expectations with their follow-up products. The ProlimaTech Armageddon is one such cooling solution with a legacy to fill, and with six heatpipes and enough finsink area for two 140mm fans it seems a reasonable possability. Benchmark Reviews recently tested the ProlimaTech Armageddon heatsink in our Best CPU Cooler Performance series, on an overclocked Intel Core i7-980X Extreme Edition processor against several other top CPU coolers."

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Sennheiser HD800 @ techPowerUp
"Sennheiser's latest and greatest headphones are put to the test. The HD800s created quite a fuzz when released, not only were they one of the most expensive headphones launched last year, they were also the most anticipated ones. In this review we put them to the test and see if there can be a reason to spend $1800 on headphones."

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Legit Reviews Message
"SSD’s are coming out hot and heavy now and Kingston isn't been shy about setting out to improve on their earlier generation drives. Last July, Legit Reviews had a go at their first generation SSDNow V Series SSD and awarded it the Legit Reviews Value Award. Just six short months later, the second generation of this entry-level SSD is available with the same name and in our hot little hands - but will it earn similar honors? We certainly expect it to be a better performer as it has higher read/write specifications. In addition, this version does sport a new Toshiba controller which supports the much desired TRIM function for those running Windows 7. The newest SNV425-S2 V Series SSD’s (the V stands for value) are served up in three sizes - 30GB, 64GB & 128GB. They are available as a standalone drive and the two larger drives also come as a desktop bundle or notebook bundle..."

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MSI R5770 HAWK @ Bjorn3D
"With ATI’s step into the future with its new line of DX11 GPU’s known as the 5xxx series MSI has taken the opportunity to build a new card to add into the innovative gpu lineup. Today we will be looking at one of their mid range cards, the R5770 HAWK, targeted for people on a budget looking to get the most for the money. MSI has decided to improve on the already great 5770 with improved 7+1 phase PWM and overvoltage options. The even included an aftermarket twin frozr cooler. MSI’s introduction of the R5770 HAWK gives the budget gamer the option to get the most out of his card for the price. MSI even takes a step ahead and the card comes with a 875MHz core clock a 25MHz overclock over a standard 5770. With all these improvements MSI have a great card on their hands, let’s see how it performs."

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Sunday, March 14, 2010
Best CPU Cooler Heatsink Performance @ Benchmark Reviews
"Overclockers demand only the best performance from their computer hardware, which is why the aftermarket heatsink industry is thriving with competition. Using both the overclocked 140W AMD Phenom-II X4-965 BE and six-core Gulftown Intel Core i7-980X Extreme Edition processors, Benchmark Reviews tests several new thermal solutions for our Best CPU Cooler Performance Intel/AMD Q1-2010 article. Notable entries include the ProlimaTech Armageddon, Cogage Arrow, Noctua NH-D14, Thermalright Venomous-X, and Zalman CNPS10X-Performa."

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Saturday, March 13, 2010
Zalman CNPS10X Flex Heatsink / Cooler Review @ Tweaknews
"The Zalman CNPS10X Flex follows a slightly different path than other CNPS10X models. When compared to other CNPS10X models, the fans are not included and the heatsink is now able to take full advantage of two fans."

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PowerColor HD 5750 Go Green @ techPowerUp
"PowerColor has engineered a unique HD 5750. Their Go! Green Edition is completely fanless using a big passive heatsink, it also works without additional PCI-Express power connector, a configuration which limits the card to 75W maximum power draw. Considering that the AMD reference design requires 92W, PowerColor had quite a way to go. Did they succeed?"

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Friday, March 12, 2010
Cooler Master HAF 932 AMD Edition Full Tower Case Review @ Legit Reviews
"The Cooler Master HAF 932 AMD Edition was a joy to work with. The HAF 932 AMD Edition case is a full tower case. There is plenty of room for the largest of graphics cards with room to spare. Measuring 22.20"

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Asus Maximus 3 Extreme @ Bjorn3D
"For every platform, a premiere board appears for every vendor. Asus is known for making the end-all and be-all of premier boards. The Asus Maximus 3 Extreme just about goes beyond that stage. When we first received the board, the sheer number of features was overwhelming. What amazed us most was that almost all of the features were practical and useful. Often, the features on a board are more fluff than substance. That's hardly the case with the Maximus 3 Extreme, these features are practical, easy to use and make it an epic board destined for the motherboard hall of fame."

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Radeon HD5830 DirectX-11 Gaming Performance @ Benchmark Reviews
"Most of the discussion surrounding the Radeon HD5830 video card has been about its performance relative to its two nearest neighbors in the ATI lineup. People are falling over backwards trying to get a fix on its which side of the fence the 5830 belongs: closer to the HD5770, or nearer to the HD5850. In Benchmark Reviews' recent evaluation of the HD5830, we compared it to a wide variety of video cards, including several that are not compatible with Microsoft's DirectX-11. Our DirectX-10 testing provided a level playing field for all the video cards, so we could make a fair comparison with older graphics cards that readers may currently be using, and the current models from NVIDIA that are limited to DX10. Still, gamers are itching to see how the new crop of cards would fare with DX11 enabled. So then, let's find out, shall we?"

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Thursday, March 11, 2010
MSI HD 5870 Lightning @ techPowerUp
"MSI's new R5870 Lightning is designed with the hardcore overclocker in mind. It comes with more PWM phases, noise free coils, voltage measurement points, an overclock out of the box and software voltage change support via Afterburner. But is that enough to satisfy the demanding enthusiast crowd?"

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Intel Core i7-980X Processor Extreme Edition Review @ Legit Reviews
"The Intel Core i7-980X Desktop Processor Extreme Edition was found to exceed our initial expectations, which says a ton. Having six physical processing cores created an amazing user experience when running multi-threaded applications. The enormous growth of HD media content in the home is driving the demand for computer systems that have the horsepower to deliver an enjoyable user experience for the consumer. If you have ever tried to create a Blu-ray movie or just tried to transcode some HD movies you know how much time it takes to work on a project and that can be frustrating for those that do it often. With the new Intel Core i7-980X Processor you can improve productivity, save power and the best part is that it can be a drop-in replacement for those with existing socket LGA1366 motherboard. Anybody that runs multi-thread applications is sure to appreciate a six-core processor..."

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Intel Core i7-980X Processor Extreme Edition Review @ Legit Reviews
"The Intel Core i7-980X Desktop Processor Extreme Edition was found to exceed our exceed our initial expectations, which says a ton. Having six physical processing cores created an amazing user experience when running multi-threaded applications. The enormous growth of HD media content in the home is driving the demand for computer systems that have the horse power to deliver an enjoyable user experience for the consumer. If you have ever tried to create a Blu-ray movie or just tried to transcode some HD movies you know how much time it takes to work on a project and that can be frustrating for those that do it often. With the new Intel Core i7-980X Processor you can improve productivity, save power and the best part is that it can be a drop-in replacement for those with existing socket LGA1366 motherboard. Anybody that runs multi-thread applications is sure to appreciate a six-core processor..."

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Jetway NC96 NC96-510-LF
"Late last year we reviewed the Jetway NC92 Atom IPC motherboard that was a nice Mini ITX board with an Intel Atom N230 processor. A few weeks after that, at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas, the new Pineview processors were shown off. The Atom N400 and D510 Pineview CPUs are only a moderate upgrade from the very common Diamondville Atoms, but the newer Atoms are beginning to work their way into more nettops and netbooks. Jetway is one of the vendors that was quick to design a new IPC motherboard that bears the Intel Atom D510 dual-core processor with Intel GMA 3150 graphics and the NM10 Express Chipset."

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Intel i7 980x (Extreme) @ Bjorn3D
"With the Intel Core i7 980x in hand benchmarks have been humming along. Strictly business gaming sessions (that's our story), photo editing, and general computing have been eye popping. Some things have been flying by so fast that we had to re-check them just to make sure they actually happened."

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akasa NeroS heatpipe CPU cooler Review @ XtremeComputing
"For this review I will be looking at a product from one of Xtreme Computing's long time friends, Akasa and the product I will be looking at is one of their new CPU coolers, the NeroS. Coming from Akasa and being labelled aa a"

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Intel I7-980X Gulftown Six Core Processor Review @ Tweaknews
"The Intel I7-980x being reviewed today is one of those products coming onto the market that you know know is more of a 32nm victory lap rather than a product that is trying to leap-frog the competition. With nothing in sight that could even touch the Nehalem in terms of performance, the Gulftown adds to an impressive performance market lead that will not be superceded by anyone but themselves for some time to come."

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Intel Core i7-980X Gulftown Processor Review @ Benchmark Reviews
"Intel offers something for everyone, as their extensive product line can prove. The chipmaker produces desktop, notebook, server, and personal digital appliance CPUs, Ethernet and WiFi network processors, and countless co-processor units. Keep this in mind as Benchmark Reviews presents the Intel Core i7-980X processor, a six-core Westmere 32nm CPU. Codenamed Gulftown, this 3.33GHz Extreme Edition processor features an unlocked clock speed multiplier with twelve computing threads and a 12MB cache. Built for the Intel X58-Express enthusiast platform, Benchmark Reviews tests the BX80613I7980X retail part in gaming, computing, and overclocking performance."

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Wednesday, March 10, 2010
Review of the latest CPUs from the AMD in Metku.net
"The CPUs included in the review are the Phenom 2 X2 555 BE C3, which is the highest performing dual core from the current range, as well as three CPUs from the Athlon range: X4 635, X3 440 and X2 255."

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NZXT Hades @ techPowerUp
"The Hades is part of the Crafted Series and features four fans, a temperature LCD display along with a very edgy, industrial design. The interior is all black and NZXT has chosen a unique approach by having nine 5.25 inch bays and multiple rails for 3.5 inch drives."

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Asus TS Mini Home Server Review @ Tweaknews
"Today I'm going to take the Asus TS Mini home server for a test run and see how it performs when integrated into a typical home network. Since this is a product designed for the home market, it should be easy to setup and maintain, operate quietly, and be small enough to not be in the way of other electronic equipment."

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Tuesday, March 9, 2010
Another World-Exclusive: Lian Li PC-T1R Spider @ techPowerUp
"Here's Lian Li being Lian Li. The PC-T1 is an open mini-ITX chassis, which is one of the most wacky cases on the planet: it looks like a spider when assembled. Being the case that it is, we wanted to look into the belly of the beast and see if the menacing looks are coupled with the kind of engineering required to pull such a design off."

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MSI Wind Box Intel Atom 330 NetTops
"Through Phoromatic you can easily build a benchmarking test farm with minimal effort and combined with Phoromatic Tracker you can monitor the performance of a given software or hardware component over the course of time. We used our own tools to launch a Linux kernel tracker that monitors the performance of the very latest Linux kernel code on a daily basis at kernel-tracker.phoromatic.com. We are also announcing another new, important public tracker coming soon, but first off, we needed a few more low-powered Intel Atom systems. We ended up purchasing two MSI Wind Box NetTops (the 6667BB-003US and 6667BB-004US) that are both based around an Intel Atom 330 dual-core processor within a very low-profile enclosure. The MSI 6667BB-003US utilizes Intel GMA 950 graphics while the 6667BB-004US boasts an ATI Radeon HD 4330 graphics processor. Here is our Linux look at these two Intel nettop computers."

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World-Exclusive: ASUS EAH 5850 TOP DirectCU @ techPowerUp
"ASUS has released what seems to be one of the best custom designed HD 5850s. The card which supports DirectX 11 and Eyefinity is extremely quiet, offers better price/performance than the AMD reference design, comes with an overclock out of the box and supports voltage control via SmartDoctor."

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Samsung PN58B650 58 Inch Plasma TV Review @ Tweaknews
"The Samsung PN58B650 is one of those products that can be a little confusing to sum up in a couple paragraphs. For one, this TV is quite a bit cheaper than the higher end 850 series model, but other than the dimensions, it has a better overall visual viewing experience."

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Monday, March 8, 2010
WD SiliconEdge-Blue Solid State Drive @ Benchmark Reviews
"Western Digital has been the leading name in consumer storage technology since the early 1970's. Just in time for their 40th anniversary, the WD SiliconEdge-Blue Solid State Drive debuts as the first consumer SSD they've ever offered. Based on the JMicron JMF612 SATA-3Gbps SSD processor, the SiliconEdge-Blue promises 250/170Mbps read and write transfers with 5000-4KB IOPS. In this article Benchmark Reviews tests the WD SiliconEdge-Blue SSD, 256GB model SSC-D0256SC-2100, against a myriad of high-performance solid-state enthusiast storage devices."

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Gigabyte KM7580: Keyboard and Mouse Combo @ Bjorn3D
"Gigabyte is not often being associated with keyboard and mouse. When mentioning Gigabyte and computer, I am sure everyone would think of motherboard or graphic cards instead of keyboard and mouse. The reality is Gigabyte is a big company and it has a wide variety of computer products ranging from keyboard, mouse, monitors, to cases and laptops."

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Friday, March 5, 2010
Thermaltake Contac 29 Direct Touch CPU Cooler Review @ Legit Reviews
"Today I'll be showing you Thermaltake's Contac 29 CPU Cooler which combines performance and silence in a heatpipe tower package. Priced at $36.99 plus shipping the Contac 29 sits around what I'd consider to be the mid-range price bracket. The Contac 29 is equipped with three 8mm heatpipes that make direct contact with the integrated heatspreader included in modern processors. Bundled with the heatsink is a 120mm by 120mm by 25mm fan that keeps the heatsink cool while running incredibly quiet..."

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DimasTech Bench Table V2.5 @ techPowerUp
"Dimastech is continously updating their Benchtable and listening to the feedback of both users and reviewers. The V2.5 simplifies many aspects of assembly, while adding new and useful features to the Benchtable. We take a close look at what it has to offer and at the improvements, to see if it is a worthy successor."

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ASUS TUF SaberTooth 55i @ Bjorn3D
"We over at Bjorn3D.com are going to be looking at one of ASUS's newest additions to their motherboard line up. This motherboard is built upon ASUS's outstanding continuation of high quality and their attention to detail. This motherboard uses Intel's P55 chipset, like other motherboards based on the this chipset, the ASUS Sabertooth 55i motherboard can support any 1156 socket CPU. It can be configured to run either Nvidia's multi GPU configuration SLI, or ATI's multi GPU configuration Crossfire X. But like all other P55 based motherboards, this motherboard only supports Dual Channel memory."

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Thermaltake ISGC-300 CPU Cooler Review @ Tweaknews
"I had high hopes for Thermaltake's ISGC-300 cooler. I liked the design and it was very easy to install on the 775 platform, although the mobo may have to be removed for installation, even for AMD users."

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Thursday, March 4, 2010
Masscool MP-1370S 'Media Mate' Media Player Review @ Legit Reviews
"Today we take a look at Masscool’s MP-1370S “Media Mate” high-definition media player. For us, Masscool is not exactly the first name you think of when you look to buy a HD media server, but the company has been in the business of designing and building HDD enclosures and media players since 2000. The Masscool MP-1370S is designed to not only be a media player that can access your favorite multimedia on your local or remote hard, but users are able to use the player to record to an attached USB device or an installed HDD. Priced at a very economical $100, it supports playing of video up to 1080i resolutions through an HDMI port and includes room for an 3.5” internal SATA hard drive so that you can load up all your favorite multimedia. Even if you don’t install an internal hard drive, the MP-1370S can connect to your local internet via the 10/100 Ethernet connection..."

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Nexus RX-5300 530W PSU Review @ XtremeComputing
"For this review I will be looking at another new power supply from our friends over at Nexus. This power supply is similar to the power supply I looked at recently but this version is modular, the unit I will be looking at for this review is the 530watt RX-5300. Being a big fan of Nexus power supplies, having looked at a few before, I expect nothing short of rock solid, and I am pretty sure I won't be disappointed."

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nitroX X835 and X735 Bluetooth Headset @ Bjorn3D
"Blutooth technology has greatly changed the way wireless devices operate. You can find Bluetooth technology in almost any portable device, ranging from cellphones to mp3 players. Bluetooth technology allows data transfer over short range, so it is ideal to be used for headsets."

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Marvell 88SS9174-BJP2 SSD Controller Review @ Benchmark Reviews
"Just over two years ago there were only five companies involved in Solid State Drive technology, and as of January 2010 there are nearly 140 names in the business. Without doubt, the SSD market has enjoyed a powerful growth period with relatively painless consumer acceptance. Benchmark Reviews has been on top of the SSD scene since retail products were first introduced at the 2008 Consumer Electronics Show. Based on the Marvell 88SS9174-BJP2 SSD processor, the 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 inspects the Marvell 88SS9174-BJP2 SSD processor rated for 355/215 MBps read and write speeds."

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Wednesday, March 3, 2010
Western Digital SiliconEdge Blue 256GB SSD Review @ Legit Reviews
"The new WD SiliconEdge Blue SSDs are available in capacities of up to 256 gigabytes (GB) and feature a SATA 3.0 gigabits per second (Gb/s) interface with sequential read speeds up to 250 megabytes per second (MB/s) and sequential write transfer rates up to 170 MB/s. Not bad performance for a mainstream consumer SSD that has is part of the 'blue' series of SSDs from WD. Those looking for a little more performance should keep their fingers crossed as we would guess that SiliconEdge Black SSDs are on the way in the future.Today, we have the WD SiliconEdge Blue 256 GB (SSC-D0256SC-2100) SSD and we'll be taking an in-depth look at the drives features, internal components and the performance of the drive..."

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Cooler Master 750 Watt GX PSU @ Bjorn3D
"When we build our computer systems, the first thing we need to ask ourselves, 'What am I planning on using in my computer?' When we get our thoughts settled out on what video cards, CPU, motherboards, type and size of the memory, right down to the HDD's we are going to use. The next thing we should ask ourselves, 'What PSU should I be using, that will properly power my new computer?' Tring to find that perfect balance of power and cost is not an easy task. But we all know that by getting the cheapest PSU we can get is not exactly the best option. Because these sub-standard PSU's on average cost us more in the long run, then what we paid for them."

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G.Skill ECO Kit 4 GB PC3-12800U CL7-8-7 @ techPowerUp
"G.Skill is offering a full range of P55 compatible memory kits, with the ECO being one of them. As the name implies, the memory aims to deliver the most performance while only requiring a mere 1.35V to run at 1600 MHz CL7-8-7."

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CyberPower AVRLCD UPS Battery Backup for PCs @ Benchmark Reviews
"It's no secret that our cherished computers and personal electronic devices all depend on electricity. They can't live without power, and we feel powerless without them. Conscious of our need for continuous productivity, CyberPower Systems has built an entire battery backup product line designed to supply uninterrupted power to our PCs and HDTVs. So when winter storms come or summer brown-outs occur, there's no reason why your small business or home office should stop working. A sudden power-outage shouldn't mean crashing your computer system in the middle of an exciting video game, and an enjoyable movie should not need to restart. In this article Benchmark Reviews demonstrates how important CyberPower UPS battery-backup devices are for sustained computing as their Intelligent LCD Series CP825AVRLCD, CP1000AVRLCD, and CP1500AVRLCD models are put to test."

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Tuesday, March 2, 2010
AMD 890GX @ Bjorn3D
"While AMD has pushed their GX boards as mid range parts, they still come with higher end IGP solutions. Today we have AMD's latest addition to the GX family, the 890GX. This motherboard comes with a 4290 IGP, which performs better than the previously released 4200. This should be a nice addition for users looking for higher quality on board graphics. This board also supports Crossfire, which provides a great upgrade path if you would like to slowly upgrade your computer as games become more demanding."

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Gigabyte 890GPA-UD3H Motherboard Review - AMD 890GX Chipset @ Legit Reviews
"Both the Gigabyte 890GPA-UD3H and ASUS M4A89GTD Pro/USB3 AMD 890GX-based motherboards that we looked at here today are both very solid motherboards and increase the level of performance that you can expect from an AMD motherboard. The faster and improved Radeon HD 4290 integrated graphics are more than enough to power your HTPC for Blu-ray playback and can even manage to do some light gaming on lower resolution. By adding in a Radeon HD 5870 graphics card like we did you find a very solid gaming platform that has all the latest features on the market, like SuperSpeed USB 3.0 and SATA 6Gbps. Our testing showed that USB 3.0 and SATA 6Gbps over significant performance improvements and should be considered for a system that you are building and planning on hanging onto for years to come..."

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Corsair Obsidian 800D @ Bjorn3D
"Corsair is a company mostly known for their memory and power supplies. Lately they have started to move towards other areas like SSD’s and today we are looking at their first computer case: the Corsair Obsidian 800D. This is not just any case. Corsair has gone big in all sorts of ways and wants to make this the ultimate gamer and computer enthusiast case. Have they succeeded?"

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Zalman Z7 Plus Computer Case Review @ Tweaknews
"First of all, the Z7 cases have a distinctive look and profile that sets them apart from most others in their class, particularly the Z7 Plus that we saw this time out. I really like the looks of this case and the cooling performance was quite good, particularly when one considers how quiet it can be by virtue of the side panel fan controller."

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Logitech MX-620 Cordless Laser Mouse @ Benchmark Reviews
"Since 1981, Logitech has been making a name for themselves in the computer hardware scene. When you think of computer peripherals, you typically think of Logitech. This veteran company is naturally a top choice when deciding to purchase any type of input device, ranging from keyboards to webcams. As a worldwide leader in pointing devices, it's no surprise Logitech has learned to adapt to the current market and reinvent the mouse each time they release a new product. With the Logitech MX-620 cordless laser mouse, model 910-000240, the company doesn't disappoint. But how does it compare with the wide variety of mice that are already available? Benchmark Reviews tests the Logitech MX-620 in this article to answer that very question."

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Second Generation NVIDIA ION Announced @ Legit Reviews
"The next generation of the NVIDIA ION architecture brings some much needed changes in order to bring forth the performance desired by low-power, low-performance mobile users. While we have heard the ION 2 name bounced around leading up to the launch, it seems NVIDIA is just referring to the platform changes as the next generation of NVIDIA ION. So for those researching which netbook to purchase, keep in mind that NVIDIA ION netbooks and nettops featuring an Intel Atom N2xx or N3xx processor have the previous generation of ION with shared graphics and system memory. NVIDIA ION systems with an Intel Atom N4xx, D4xx or D5xx processor would have the new generation of NVIDIA ION with dedicated graphics memory instead of sharing with the system memory..."

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Monday, March 1, 2010
ASUS X58 Rampage III Extreme Motherboard Preview @ Legit Reviews
"I'm rather glad ASUS stuck with the Rampage Extreme branding as it lets me say stuff like EEEEXXXXTRRREEEEMMMMMEEE in daily conversation. I know in just writing this article I've mumbled that to myself a half-dozen times with a grin on my face. I have a feeling the Rampage III Extreme will be another board that goes down in the history books for high performance. The ASUS R3E motherboard though won't be limited in appreciation to just those people who benchmark with liquid nitrogen and dry ice. A lot of thought was put into the layout and the fact that it has an ATX form factor height means it'll enable 4-way CrossFire in a normal ATX case unlike the EVGA X58 Classified 4-Way SLI which fits in only a handful of cases..."

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Thecus N2200 @ techPowerUp
"The N2200 is an entry level dual bay NAS. It has a fairly long list of features without making it overly complex to configure, plus it comes at a low price. Since Thecus seems confident about the N2200 we took a closer look at it to see if this is justified."

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TITAN, Skalli - Universal CPU cooler Review @ XtremeComputing
"At £25, and performance not a world away from a cooler nearly twice that cost, it will make a great cooler for someone whose case is too small to fit a larger cooler, with decent performance for all but those who will break the 130W limit with heavy overclocking."

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Patriot Valkyrie 2-Bay NAS Review @ Tweaknews
"Given the fairly large feature set wrapped up in a well constructed, attractive unit, the Valkyrie is a good buy for those in the market for a simple home NAS. It supports up to 4TB of storage and has all the most commonly used functions like an FTP server, print server, media server, and one touch backup to an external device."

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Windows PC-Fax Directly from Adobe Acrobat PDF
"We here at Benchmark Reviews are probably just like you, when we hear "digital communication" we think e-mail, Facebook, twitter, or maybe a discussion forum. But there is a form of digital communication that predates all of these: the facimile. There are times when you just have to send a fax. Financial, legal, and medical matters often require that a signed form or letter be sent via fax. OK, but what if you don't own a fax machine? It seems that fewer and fewer of us have fax machines these days, especially with the growth of e-mail and web-based fax services. But what if you don't have one of these either? Well, luckily for us, Windows XP, Vista, and Windows 7 include a fax service. And Adobe Acrobat provides a perfect multiplatform application from which to fax. With Windows & an Acrobat PDF file, you can fax directly from your PC. We're not only going to show you how to use the Windows fax service, we're also going to review a simple USB fax modem hardware solution from Rosewill if your computer didn't come with one."

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