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Monday, May 31, 2010
Computex 2010: ASUS R.O.G. CG8490, Eee Pad's, ARES, A10 & More @ Legit Reviews
"ASUS had a Computex kickoff event to showcase the new products they’ve developed for this year’s show. Jonney Shih, the Chairman of ASUSTek Computer Inc. was on hand to give us a presentation of their new products. One such product is from the Republic of Gamers line, the CG8490 Desktop. This complete gaming system comes packing some serious hardware in that giant case! The heart of the beast is the Intel Core i7 980X six core CPU. And since 3.33GHz is just not enough, ASUS will be pushing it up to a minimum of 4GHz but is hoping that the final spec is closer to 4.3GHz..."

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CodeLathe TonidoPlug
"Last month we reviewed the Pogoplug, which was an interesting network attached storage (NAS) device that ran Linux and was unique compared to other devices on the market. Today we are reviewing a device similar to this and that is the TonidoPlug. The TonidoPlug is a low-power home server that runs the open-source Tondio software that runs Linux and costs only $99 USD."

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Computex 2010 Show Floor Coverage - Day 0 @ Legit Reviews
"The Antec Lanboy Air PC Case looks small compared to the Thermaltake Level 10, but it's appearance is just as flashy. The Antec Lanboy Air certainly catches your eye as you walk by and it should as every side panel, drive bay part and mount - including the motherboard and PSU mounts - is removable and customizable. Taking a look at the back side you can start to see how many parts are removable on the Lanboy Air enclosures. Even the 'door' on this model has removable parts! With up to 15 fans the fan layout in the LanBoy Air can be customized in up to 34,800 combinations - enough to provide perfect cooling for every possible user profile..."

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EVGA and Galaxy GeForce GTX 465 SLI Video Card Review @ Legit Reviews
"Today NVIDIA is unleashing the GeForce GTX 465! The NVIDIA GeForce GTX 465 is their"

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ZOTAC GeForce GTX 465 @ techPowerUp
"Today NVIDIA releases their new GeForce GTX 465. The cards are based on the same GF100 Fermi GPU as the GTX 470 and GTX 480. In order to create this $279 product, NVIDIA has disabled a large number of units inside the GF100. Did they do it right? What about power consumption and heat?"

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Sunday, May 30, 2010
Western Digital My Book World Edition II NAS Unit reviewed in Metku.net
"For smaller amount of files one can use very cheap thumb drives or DVDs, but for most an external hard drive is a good choice. For added security and also extra functionality it's often nice for the drive to be connected to the home network. This is where the Western Digital My Book World Edition II comes into picture."

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FW: Patriot Sector5 DDR3 2000 Mhz 4 GB kit Review @ XtremeComputing
"Today I will be looking at a product from a very well known hardware manufacturer in their field. The company is Patriot and the product I will be looking at is, of course, pc memory and is from their Sector 5 range of performance memory, 4GB of DDR3 2000Mhz."

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Patriot Sector5 DDR3 2000 Mhz 4 GB kit Review @ XtremeComputing
"Today I will be looking at a product from a very well known hardware manufacturer in their field. The company is Patriot and the product I will be looking at is, of course, pc memory and is from their Sector 5 range of performance memory, 4GB of DDR3 2000Mhz."

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Saturday, May 29, 2010
Thermaltake Frío Overclocking CPU Cooler Review @ Legit Reviews
"The Frío certainly has a lot to live up to since its name is derived from the Spanish world for “Cool”. The cooler is designed to cool a maximum of 220W which puts this in the “high-end” class of coolers like the latest Zalman or Noctua for what seems to be a pretty economical price of $59.99. This cooler is marketed for overclockers, but is really built for people such as myself who are interested in video editing as well and keeping their temperatures down. It doesn’t hurt that Thermaltake designed the Frío to look uniquely aggressive and very cool..."

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Friday, May 28, 2010
GMC H-80 @ techPowerUp
"The GMC H-80 manages to impress with its cool and elaborate looks along with the gun metal gray choice of color. Inside are four fans, two of them with menacing red LEDs - including the big 250 mm one in the side. We tear the beast apart to see if it manages to impress or turn out to be a timid creature."

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FaceVsion TouchCam-N1 HD 720p WebCam @ Benchmark Reviews
"Online video chat is rapidly becoming a standard form of communication. Corporations frequently hold webinars as the most cost efficient form of long-distance communication. Every platform, from in-browser chat programs like Gmail's to the well-known Skype, is supporting video chat. Webcams are slowly turning into required accessories like keyboard and mice. However, most webcams are cheap and produce horrible image quality. Realizing this many companies have started offering HD webcams. Benchmark Reviews checks out FaceVsion's new TouchCam-N1 HD VideoCam to see if its 720p video support can offer a new refreshing experience with video chat."

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Intel Core i7-875K 2.93GHz Unlocked Quad-Core Processor Review
"The Intel Core i7-875K is priced $238 under the Core i7-870 that is exactly the same processor, but locked. This is an amazing price difference as the Core i7-875K costs a whopping 41% less than the Core i7-870. It's not every day you see Intel do something like this and if you are wanting a Lynnfield processor the Core i7-875K processor is the obvious choice. You get an unlocked processor for the LGA 1156 platform and the price can't be beat if you want the fastest processor that money can buy for this platform..."

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Thursday, May 27, 2010
MeeGo Netbook Performance: It's Beating Ubuntu & Co
"The last time we ran a performance comparison of different Linux distributions on netbooks was in late November when benchmarking Chromium OS, Moblin, Fedora, openSUSE, and Ubuntu Netbook Remix. The results were interesting, but now we have a new set of Linux distributions out there, so we have carried out a new comparison. In particular, we are looking closely at how the MeeGo distribution -- which marries Intel's Moblin and Nokia's Maemo projects -- is performing now that it has reached version 1.0. Also in the testing mix are Ubuntu Netbook Remix 10.04 LTS, Moblin 2.1, and Fedora 13."

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ASRock ION 330HT-BD 1080P Blu-Ray HTPC System Review @ Legit Reviews
"Packed with some impressive technology, the ION 330HT-BD could be just the HTPC you’ve been looking for. At its heart, it has an Intel Atom 330 1.6GHz CPU. The Atom 330 is a dual core, hyper threaded CPU. While it isn’t a monster performer, it has very low power use and is right at home for use in an HTPC. The other important part of an HTPC is the graphics processor. As the name suggests this an NVIDIA ION chip, which means it capable of DX10 graphics, and full 1080p hardware accelerated video playback. Priced at $509.99 + $6.99 shipping , this is a good solution for someone not familiar with putting a system together but looking to get into a HTPC..."

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Asus Matrix 5870 Platinum (MATRIX 5870 P/2DIS/2GD5) @ Bjorn3D
"Asus is taking the Republic of Gamers (ROP) brand to the next level with the introduction of the HD 5870 Matrix Platinum. The ROP is Asus best of crop hardware where the products have innovative design and best performance. The ROP brand includes notebooks, motherboards, and graphic cards. Innovation such as onboard voltage probe point, excellent power regulators, and better cooling are often found with the Asus’s ROP products. These features often are designed to satisfy hardcore overclockers who wish to take their hardware beyond imagination."

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Icy Dock MB990SP-B DUAL 2.5 TO 3.5 HDD Adapter Review @ Tweaknews
"For those taking the plunge on a new SSD, it's worth it to take a look at this product from Icy Dock. It's one of the simplest methods out there to fit a 2.5” drive into a 3.5” drive bay. There are no pass-thru connectors to worry about, and installation takes literally just a few seconds."

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Logitech Squeezebox Touch - Internet radio with a touchscreen reviewed in Metku.net
"Logitech has wide range of network music players in their Squeezebox family. This time we are taking a look at touchscreen-equipped Squeezebox Touch."

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ASUS Crosshair IV Formula Motherboard @ Benchmark Reviews
"In April of 2010, AMD introduced the final parts of their "Leo" platform: new iterations of their 45nm processor family and the supporting 8-series chipset. Unlike Intel, which seems to delight in spawning new CPU socket architectures, AMD continues to support the AM3 socket, so upgrades are easier and cheaper. The 8-series chipsets along with the SB850 south bridge brings some new capabilities over the previous "Dragon" 7-series chipsets, and as you might expect, ASUS is ready with a new enthusiast-level offering, the ASUS Crosshair IV Formula motherboard. This AMD 890FX-based motherboard offers some interesting new enhancements over the previous generation 790FX-based Crosshair III Formula motherboard, and Benchmark Reviews compares the two as well as taking the Crosshair IV Formula as far as it can go with the fastest components."

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Wednesday, May 26, 2010
World-Exclusive: ZOTAC GeForce GTX 480 Amp! Edition @ techPowerUp
"ZOTAC's GeForce GTX 480 AMP! Edition comes with a mighty Zalman VF3000 cooler strapped to it which reduces the card's temperatures by 20�C. Thanks to the new cooling solution, the card has no problems running at higher clock speeds out of the box. But is that enough to declare this triple slot card a winner?"

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SUNBEAMTECH Airbox USB 3.0 External Hard Drive Enclosure Review @ Legit Reviews
"The SUNBEAMTECH Airbox USB3.0 3.5"

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OCZ Vertex 2 100GB SSD @ Bjorn3D
"The OCZ Vertex 2 utilizes the new SandForce SF-1200 controller. We've been waiting on a drive with the SandForce controller for a while and when OCZ approached us about taking a look at it we were eager to get it into the lab to take a look. There are other SandForce controller drives out there but this one uses a proprietary Firmware that allows it up to 50k IOPS making it in a class by itself. OCZ has been testing the SandForce SF-1200 and SF-1500 controllers for months internally and during CES they made the formal announcement that OCZ would be bringing out the Vertex 2 series of SSDs using these two new controllers. The SF-1500 is used in the OCZ Vertex Limited edition and the SF-1200 is used in the Vertex 2 lineup. The SF-1200 has performance close to the SF-1500 at a fraction of the cost so we can't wait to get it on the bench and drive it until it screams."

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Lian-Li Armorsuit PC-P50R Dragon Case @ Benchmark Reviews
"The Lian Li Armorsuit PC-P50R is a mid-size tower with a sleek black exterior, and some serious red highlights. Taking advantage of the full aluminum construction, Lian Li lets a bucket of red anodizing die loose on the interior, and the result is stunning. The case also comes outfitted with four red LED fans that enhance the AMD theme. Lian Li has never been shy about dressing up its signature products, and they've produced some of the most original and striking PC gaming cases that I can remember. Special attention has been focused on the tool-free features of the case, and the case is lightweight to make it suitable for LAN parties. Many features aid in getting a full gaming system built or reconfigured quickly and cable management is simple, yet effective. Benchmark Reviews is pleased to review this special AMD Dragon edition of the Lian Li PC-P50 series."

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Cooler Master HAF X Black Gaming Case Review @ Legit Reviews
"The Cooler Master HAF X carries a similar look to the previous HAF cases. Rugged looking panels with large mesh grills, definitely not something you would see in a classic home theater setup. The HAF X lives up to its HAF name by coming with a 200mm fan in the top, a 200mm fan on the side, a 230mm fan in the front and a 140mm fan in the rear. It comes with the ability to add an additional 200mm fan to the top, 120mm fan for the GPU air duct and an 80mm fan to the GPU support bracket. Some of the new features in the HAF X are the 9 PCI slots, two Super Speed USB 3.0 ports on the front panel, two front accessible hot swap drive bays that will support 2.5” and 3.5” hard drives, GPU support bracket, and a GPU cooling duct..."

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Tuesday, May 25, 2010
XFX Radeon HD 5770 1GB GDDR5 Video Card Review @ Legit Reviews
"Performance-wise this reference design the XFX Radeon HD 5770 certainly holds its own against the much beefier NVIDIA GeForce GTX 260-216 video card. With the factory overclocked GTX 260 just beating the stock HD 5770 in most tests, there is no doubt the HD 5770 can likely take out a reference GTX 260-216 across the board. Throw in an HD 5750 to the mix for some ATI Crossfire action and you have significantly more power than the GTX 260, at the same wattage, and way more..."

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Seagate Momentus XT Hybrid Platter/SSD @ Bjorn3D
"Having experienced the Seagate Momentus XT from Beta testing to full production run we can honestly tell you Seagate has the right idea. Given the exorbitant cost of SSD's and their small storage space Hybrid drives make sense. A lot of the performance gains of an SSD when you need them, and the larger storage capacity (and smaller price) of platter drives."

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Eagle Tech Arion ET-AR506-BK @ Bjorn3D
"Desktop speakers do not often get much attention in the computer world. This is partially due to the fact that audio technology advancement is not changing as fast as other computer hardware. Also, audio quality is a very subjective matter. So there is no standard way to evaluate the sound quality."

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Icy Dock SATA/USB EZ-DOCK MB881US-1S-1 @ techPowerUp
"The ICY DOCK EZ-DOCK combines the functionality of a traditional hard drive dock with the flexibility of transporting it anywhere with ease. We take it for a test drive to see if it manages to add speed into the mix or leave us eying one of those boring black docks instead."

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Patriot Inferno SandForce SSD Kit @ Benchmark Reviews
"SandForce-based SSDs are getting tremendous attention from the industry, and for very good reason. Benchmark Reviews has tested several products based on the SF-1222 controller, and every one of them have demonstrated exceptional operational performance and speed. With so many storage solutions coming to market that are based on the same design, price and warranty determine the best product. Based on the SandForce SF-1200 processor, the Patriot Inferno SSD uses special selected NAND flash component to deliver the best performance possible. In this article Benchmark Reviews tested the 100GB Patriot Inferno SSD, model PI100GS25SSDR, against some of the fastest storage solutions on the market."

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Monday, May 24, 2010
Phoronix Test Suite 2.6 Expands Cross-Platform Benchmarking
"With its continuing commitment to provide quarterly updates to its industry-leading automated testing and benchmarking platform, Phoronix Media has announced the immediate availability of Phoronix Test Suite 2.6 (codenamed"

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Seagate Momentus XT 500GB Solid State Hybrid Drive SSD Review @ Legit Reviews
"The Seagate Momentus XT is a very interesting product. If you run your standard hard drive tests on it, it will more than likely not perform as you would expect it to since they are mostly low level benchmarks. In order to test and see the performance improvements in a drive like the Seagate Momentus XT you can only use benchmark applications like PCMark Vantage and SYSmark 07. We showed you that in the PCMark Vantage test suite that the Momentus XT Hybrid drive was able to perform more than twice as fast as the Momentus 7200.4 hard drive..."

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Seagate Momentus-XT Solid State Hybrid Drive @ Benchmark Reviews
"The Hard Disk Drive (HDD) has enjoyed a long service life in the computer industry, and only recently has the Solid State Drive (SSD) threatened to replace it. While the HDD offers higher capacity at a better price, SSDs offer tremendous speeds and operational performance. Finally, Seagate has achieved the optimal blend of each, and presents the Solid State-Hybrid Hard Drive. Seagate's Momentus-XT hybrid uses a 7200-RPM hard drive fused with 4GB SLC NAND flash to deliver SSD speeds and HDD storage capacity. Seagate's Adaptive Memory technology uses an algorithm to monitor user data access transactions, which caches qualified data onto the SSD. In this article, Benchmark Reviews tests the Seagate Momentus-XT Solid State Hybrid Drive against several of the fastest notebook storage devices available."

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Sunday, May 23, 2010
Mushkin Callisto 60GB SSD w/ Sandforce SF-1200 Review @ Legit Reviews
"The Mushkin Callisto 60GB SSD proved to be a great drive and it is the first Sandforce SF-1200 drive with mass production firmware with 13% over-provisioning that I have had the pleasure to benchmark and use. I found the performance of the Mushkin Callisto with firmware version 3.0.9 was not the same same as OCZ’s exclusive SF-1200 firmware used on the Vertex 2 series. This is because the Sandforce Mass Production (MP) firmware limits small file random write performance on all SF-1200 drives except for the Vertex 2 in accordance with SandForce’s agreement with OCZ. This is why reading reviews is critical before buying an SSD..."

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Saturday, May 22, 2010
Danger Den NVIDIA GeForce GTX480 All Copper Water Block Review @ Legit Reviews
"Danger Den’s DD-GTX480 all copper water block is one very nice addition to my EVGA GeForce GTX480 video card. Not only did it help cool the card better, but it also managed to eliminate the noise from the horridly loud stock fan. That in and of itself warrants the $135 price tag the all copper version we tested today carries. When it came to performance by water cooling the GeForce GTX 480 we were able to drop stock load temps from 92C to 49C, which is a drop of 47%. Reducing your temperatures by nearly half is amazing and anyone that is thinking about getting a GeForce GTX 480 should consider water cooling as an option as it really is nice. You get lower noise levels, possibly increase the longevity of the video card and are able to overclock it farther than you could on air for even better performance. Danger Den has done a great job on these blocks and you can tell from the second you pick the water block up that it you made a solid investment..."

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Friday, May 21, 2010
World-Exclusive: Palit GeForce GTX 470 Dual Fan @ techPowerUp
"Palit's GeForce GTX 470 is one of the GTX 470 versions that comes with a custom PCB design and non-reference thermal solution. Since the card is $20 cheaper than the reference design we take a close look to find out whether Palit cheaped out on their card or if it's worthy for consideration."

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Prolimatech Armageddon 6-Heatpipe CPU Cooler Review @ Legit Reviews
"Mounting the Prolimatech Armageddon CPU cooler was by far one of the most pain-free heatsink mounting experiences I've had in recent memory. Just as an example, the Spire TherMax Pro I used in comparision has a nasty tendency of nipping my fingers when I try to remove it. None of that was even possible with the Armageddon due to the screwdriver centric mounting system and the easy to remove fanclips. All the parts felt like they were meant to go together meaning I didn't have to fight with cheap screws, ill-fitting brackets, or weak wire-based fanclips like many other heatsinks. Just due to its ease of use the Armageddon is a winner..."

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Asus EAH5870 (Asus 5870v2) Voltage Tweak @ Bjorn3D
"Asus has long been producing exciting products, and even more exciting product variants. By now the HD5870 is pretty much a known quantity, leave it to Asus to come along and change that. They have fielded the Asus EAH5870 Voltage Tweak. It's an HD5870 with improved cooling and lets you adjust the voltage for better overclocking."

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Thursday, May 20, 2010
G.Skill DDR3-1600 CL7 6GB PI Series DDR3 Memory Kit Review @ Legit Reviews
"A few weeks back we took a look at G.Skill's ECO series of DDR3 memory. The kit we reviewed, the G.Skill DDR3-1600C7 ECO Series, were binned for low voltage operation while running high frequencies and tight timings. Today's kit are the DDR3-1600C7 Pi Series with part number F3-12800CL7T-6GBPI and are part of the PI Series. Counter to the ECO series, the PI Series is marketed towards the other end of the spectrum with performance in mind..."

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AMD Phenom II X6 1090T 3.20 GHz @ techPowerUp
"After a long period of scaling down its processors both in price and performance, AMD finally got some fresh reinforcements to continue the fight with Intel. The new Phenom II X6 1090T and its 3.20 GHz clocked six cores, aim to take AMD to new heights, where Intel's Core i7 processors were untouchable until now."

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Wednesday, May 19, 2010
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"The hardcore hardware tweakers will say that all you need is the box the motherboard came in. That’s true, but going that route you have parts strung all over a table as well, and let's face it: with parts all over the place either there is a fight with the significant other or some hardware meets an untimely end. With a chassis like the Banchetto 101, not only does it look great but it keeps the hardware nice and neat. I really like the Banchetto 10. It makes rapid part changes easy and it is light so moving it around the workbench is a breeze. It does everything Microcool says it’s supposed to and it does it well..."

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Rosewill USB 3.0 Add-on Card and External Enclosure @ Bjorn3D
"USB 3.0, aka SuperSpeed USB, is poised to take over the current USB 2.0 and becomes the de facto standard in the computer peripheral connection. With the theoretical transfer speed 10 times of the speed of the USB 2.0, it is not hard to see why manufacturers are excited with the USB 3.0. The good news is that USB 3.0 is backward compatible with USB 2.0 so your existing peripherals such as printer, digital camera and flash drives will still work. Of course, your devices will still only operate at USB 2.0 speed."

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In Win Diva Swarovski Crystal Case Review @ Tweaknews
"The ability to use 2.5” and 3.5” drives as well as a full size optical drive make it a versatile chassis, and the feminine styling of the exterior will appeal to women in the market for a case designed with them in mind."

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Gigabyte HD5870 Super Over Clock @ Benchmark Reviews
"When intense gaming action demands absolute attention, the last thing anybody wants is noise distracting them. Gigabyte's Radeon HD 5870 Super Over Clock delivers top-level graphics performance for DirectX-11 video games with an 950MHz overclocked Cypress-XT GPU, and thanks to twin 80mm cooling fans this GV-R587SO-1GD model keeps noise whisper quiet. Priced at $500, the Gigabyte HD5870 SOC competes directly with the NVIDIA GeForce GTX-480. In this article, Benchmark Reviews tests the Gigabyte HD5870 SOC against some of the most powerful video cards on the market using several of the most demanding PC video game titles and benchmark software available: Crysis Warhead, Far Cry 2, Resident Evil 5, Battlefield: Bad Company 2, Metro 2033, and BattleForge."

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Tuesday, May 18, 2010
Noctua NH-C12P SE14 @ techPowerUp
"Noctua has taken the high performance NH-C12P, which already offers excellent performance, and added a 140 mm fan. Noise level are still at a minimum and push the envelope in silent high performance cooling for modern processors. They all say size matters - let's see if that holds true with the NH-C12P SE14 as well."

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CoolerMaster GX750 -750W PSU Preview @ XtremeComputing
"Today I'll be reviewing the Cooler Master GX 750w Power Supply Unit - a model from a brand new range. This particular model packs a whopping 750watts. This line of Cooler Master PSU's also includes a very environmentally friendly 85% efficiency at 50% load."

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AMD Athlon II X2 260 Dual Core Processor Performance Review @ Legit Reviews
"The AMD Athlon II X2 260 is built using the Regor core. The Regor core is a native dual core that uses 45nm technology. This processor sports the new Socket AM3 938-pin micro-PGA package so it will work in all Socket AM3 and AM2 motherboards with both DDR2/DDR3 memory solutions. The AMD Athlon II X2 260 features a nice and low TDP of only 65 Watts, which will make it easy to keep nice and cool. The AMD Athlon II X2 260 isn't going to break any world records when it comes to performance. For a $76.00 processor you can't expect it to. With that being said, it performs admirably. In all of the benchmarks performed today it performed at it's best when running lightly threaded applications..."

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Monday, May 17, 2010
Epic Games Provides No Hope For UT3 On Linux
"With Valve's Steam client and Source Engine coming to Linux in the coming months, we decided to check with Epic Games to see how Unreal Tournament 3 for Linux is coming along. After all, the game was released in November of 2007 and nearly three years later the client is still missing with few words having come from Epic Games or Ryan Gordon (a.k.a."

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Antec Sonata Proto Mid Tower Computer Case Review @ Legit Reviews
"Antec has again made an affordable, yet well constructed case in the mid tower class with the Sonata Proto, a case that will appeal to a large number of consumers. For $69.99 shipped, there's little to complain about with the Proto. However, those looking for something flashy or a little more feature rich may look towards some of the other cases in the Sonata lineup..."

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AMD FirePro V4800 & FirePro V7800
"Last month we reviewed the ATI FirePro V8800, which is the newest ultra high-end workstation graphics card from AMD that is based upon the Evergreen graphics processor found in the consumer-grade Radeon HD 5000 series. We were blown away by the performance of the FirePro V8800 and then we subsequently reviewed the FirePro V3800 and FirePro V5800 when they launched later in the month. The FirePro V3800 was designed for entry-level workstation customers while the V5800 was to fill the mid-range void. For those looking into an entry-to-mid-range or high-end workstation graphics card, today we are completing our look at AMD's Evergreen-based FirePro family with a review of the ATI FirePro V4800 and ATI FirePro V7800."

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ASUS HD 5870 Matrix Platinum 2 GB @ techPowerUp
"The ASUS HD 5870 Matrix Platinum is clearly engineered for maximum overclocking. It has 2 GB of fast GDDR5 memory and features software voltage control for three voltages. One unique feature is that the ASUS iTracker 2 sofware can put your changed settings into the BIOS so you won't have to worry about OC software anymore."

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OCZ Solid 2 @ Bjorn3D
"One of the many questions that people may ask is 'Should I sacrifice storage capacity for performance?'. With the mechanical drives getting so cheap and the storage capacity getting insanely large, sacrificing TB of storage for the expensive, yet high performance, SSD can be a hard decision."

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Noctua NH-D14 CPU Cooler Review @ Tweaknews
"Noctua's new NH-D14 is a huge cooler, both in physical size and performance. With two included fans, a feature rich accessory package including ULNA fan speed reducers, a screwdriver and an enameled metal case badge, the NH-D14 would seem to be a dream product for the enthusiast/overclockers among us."

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Antec ISK 310-150 Mini-ITX Desktop Case @ Benchmark Reviews
"If you´re looking for a Mini-ITX computer case for your new "high-efficiency" platform the Antec ISK 310-150 might be the right product for your needs. In 2009, some Mini-ITX motherboards were launched based on the Intel Atom platform. Antec quickly response was the ISK 300-65. At this moment, many other brands like Zotac, ECS, ASUS or even ASRock have taken the Mini-ITX market and expanded it to make the HTPCs powerful and affordable. There was still a limiting since many products offered low power PSUs (65 watts is simply not enough). If you want a Mini-ITX H55 paired with the Intel Core i3/Core i5 CPUs you need at least a 150 watts PSU to make sure you won´t have power-related problems. Benchmark Reviews tests the Antec ISK 310-150 which offers a new, elegant front finish with a 150 watts Flex-ATX PSU to power your system."

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Friday, May 14, 2010
OCZ Vertex 2 100GB SandForce SF-1200 SSD Review @ Legit Reviews
"The OCZ Vertex 2 is an ideal successor to the original Vertex series as it has proven to be 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 280MB/sec. and write speeds of up to 238MB/sec in ATTO on the Vertex 2. We have been benchmarking SandForce controllers now for several months and they appear to be very strong and have so far proven to be one of the contenders in the SSD controller market. In fact, it is no wonder that Corsair, Patriot, Super Talent and other SSD companies have followed OCZ's lead and begun using the SandForce controller in their own SSDs."

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Zalman ZM-M215W 3D Monitor @ techPowerUp
"The ZM-M215W is the part of the newest line-up of 3D monitors by Zalman. Instead of plucking down hundreds of dollars on NVIDIA shutter glasses and being bound to NVIDIA GPUs, you can pluck down hundreds over a normal 2D monitor of the similar size, but be free from the shackles, allowed to use any GPU of your choice. Is that still worth it? We put on the glasses and take a really close look."

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Dell P2210H DisplayPort Monitor
"If you've been looking for a DisplayPort-capable monitor to connect to your new graphics card whether it be a FirePro V8800 or one of the new ATI Radeon HD 5000 series graphics cards that are capable of using Eyefinity to drive many displays via this newest display connection standard, the Dell Professional P2210H monitor is worth considering. The 22-inch LCD display retails for around $200 USD and offers DisplayPort connectivity along with DVI and VGA."

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Flashing Your Video Card\'s (GPU) BIOS @ Bjorn3D
"Unlike motherboard's when you have a failed flash this normally renders that motherboard dead, or bricked. Video cards we can recover if we used the wrong BIOS, if we had a power failure, to having catastrophic computer failure during the flashing process. On today's computers, anything can happen to us during our most vulnerable time. One of these ways is somewhat unorthadoxed, this way is called 'Blind Flashing' or what I like to call ' A Wing and a Prayer Flashing', because we have no idea if the flash took hold until we reboot the computer. What makes this type of flashing more nerve racking we do not know when to reboot the computer, because we can not see anything hence why it is called 'Blind Flashing'."

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Cooler Master HAF 932 AMD Edition Case Review @ Tweaknews
"Hardcore AMD aficionados should find Cooler Master's limited edition HAF 932 chassis hard to resist, and with good reason. Thanks to its front panel treatment and side window graphic, this chassis has a very distinctive look and brings with it the proven performance and features of the very popular original HAF 932."

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Zotac GeForce GTX-470 Fermi Video Card @ Benchmark Reviews
"It used to be that PC video games such as Crysis and Far Cry 2 were as demanding as you could get, but that was all back before DirectX-11 brought tessellation and to the forefront of graphics. DX11 now adds heavy particle and turbulence effects to video games, and titles such as Metro 2033 demand the most powerful graphics processing available. NVIDIA's GF100 GPU is their first graphics processor to support DirectX-11 features such as tessellation and DirectCompute, and the GeForce GTX-470 offers an excellent combination of performance and value for game like Battlefield: Bad Company 2 or BattleForge. Priced at $349, the NVIDIA GeForce GTX-470 empowers DirectX-11 video games to deliver unmatched geometric realism from 14 Streaming Multiprocessors with a total of 448 CUDA Cores and 56 Texture Units. In this article Benchmark Reviews tests 3D frame rate performance on the retail Zotac GeForce GTX-470 video card (model ZT-40201-10P), and compare the results against the most powerful graphics products on the market."

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Thursday, May 13, 2010
Sapphire HD5850 Toxic Reviewed in Metku.net
"It's already been a while since Ati launched their HD5850 and 5870 cards, and now manufacturers are starting to come up with more special models. After market coolers, higher clock speeds and also longer warranties and crazy bundles are something you normally don't see from day one. So what's different with the HD5850 Toxic?"

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How To Install Windows 7 and Media Center on a HTPC @ Legit Reviews
"For most enthusiasts installing Windows 7 is a breeze, a far cry from the cumbersome install of Windows 95/98/ME/2000. Windows Vista and 7 are extremely simple to setup, requiring almost no input from the user, even someone who knows very little about computers can run through the setup with an easy to follow guide. Today we’re going to run through the basics of setting up Windows 7 Ultimate for use in a HTPC (Home Theater Personal Computer). We’ll cover the initial set up, configuration of Windows Media Center, setting up Media Browser for DVD/Blu-ray/HD-DVD playback, and talk about the Sleep modes. We are not going to get into the different codecs needed for .mkv’s and other transcoded files as that is beyond the scope of this article. Our focus is for a novice who is interested in a HTPC but lacks the background knowledge of how to get it going..."

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Wednesday, May 12, 2010
PowerColor Go! Green Radeon AX5670 @ Benchmark Reviews
"For the environmentally, economically and otherwise interested parties, PowerColor has introduced a new line of graphics cards under the "Go! Green" banner. These cards aim to reduce power consumption by half while still competing with and beating the competition. Benchmark Reviews has obtained the AX5670 1GBD5-NS3H which has been modified from the HD 5670 reference design to include an extra 512MB of memory as well as reduce power consumption. This review will test the lofty goals set by PowerColor as well as reveal the truth about going green."

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It's Official: Valve Releasing Steam, Source Engine For Linux!
"Valve Corporation has today rolled out their Steam Mac OS X client to the general public and confirmed something we have been reporting for two years: the Steam content delivery platform and Source Engine are coming to Linux. This news is coming days after we discovered proof in Steam's Mac OS X Client of Linux support and subsequently found more Linux references and even the unreleased Steam Linux client. The day has finally come and Linux gamers around the world have a reason to rejoice, as this is the biggest news for the Linux gaming community that sees very few tier-one titles."

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Intel Wireless Display on the Toshiba Satellite E205 Notebook @ Legit Reviews
"Overall, we really like the Intel Wireless Display functionality on the Toshiba Satellite E205 notebook with the Netgear Push2TV box, but we have to temper our enthusiasm as we compare it to solutions that are already on the market. The Intel WiDi is certainly very convenient – especially if you watch or present multimedia content that is on your laptop. The problem is that there are only a handful of laptops on the market right now that can work with the Netgear Push2TV adapter..."

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Patriot Gamer Series DDR3 4 GB 1600MHz @ Bjorn3D
"RAM is generally considered the easiest upgrade you can do to your computer to quickly net you more performance. If you where an early adopter of DDR3, and only picked up a 2 GB kit you are probably starting to notice that this is quickly becoming too little for games. Why not give yourself a little boost by picking up a new 4 GB kit? Four gigabyte kits are now very affordable unlike a few years ago, so now is as good a time as any to pick one up."

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Tuesday, May 11, 2010
Zotac GeForce GTX-480 Fermi Video Card @ Benchmark Reviews
"The Zotac GeForce GTX-480 is based on the same reference design that debuted on 26 March 2010, but this retail kit (ZT-40101-10P) differs in all of the ways that matter most: power consumption is lower, resulting in reduced heat output and silenced fan noise. 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 on the improved retail-version Zotac GeForce GTX-480 in single-card and SLI-modes, and compares results against some of the most powerful graphics products on the market."

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Arctic Sound E352 Ear Buds @ Bjorn3D
"In this review, the author would like to introduce you to his ear's newest friend; a set of Arctic Sound E352 ear buds manufactured by Arctic Cooling. Up until now, I had been leery to try in-canal earphones as I believed they would be uncomfortable to wear for any extended period of time. So, I was quite surprised how well this pair fit my ears using the supplied medium silicon caps."

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Inno3D Watercooled GTX480 iChill Black Series Review @ XtremeComputing
"Watercooling the GTX480 is a night and day difference in temperatures. Load temperatures are dropped 36oC (!) degrees and idle temperatures are dropped 22oC. The watercooled card is only 5 degrees warmer under full load than the stock cooler managed to keep the card at idle!"

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AMD Athlon-II X3-445 AM3 Processor @ Benchmark Reviews
"Back in October of last year, Athlon introduced its first Athlon II X3 triple-core processors, the 425 and 435. Working with the less than perfect yields from the Deneb and Propus dies, the Rana die was born. As yields improve, the processors can become more stable at higher clock speeds. In January 2010, the Athlon-II X3-440 was released; a 100MHz speed bump on the X3-435 processor. Now AMD is bumping the speed up by another 100MHz with the release of the X3-445 and the X3-450 is slated to come out later on this year. In this article Benchmark Reviews is closely examining the Athlon-II X3-445 ADX445WFK32GM to see what kind of power can be harnessed from this low-priced, triple-core, potentially unlockable 3.1GHz processor, especially when paired with AMDs newest 890G chipset."

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AMD Athlon II X4 640 3.0GHz Quad Core Processor Review @ Legit Reviews
"Despite being aimed at a more budget minded crowd, the AMD Athlon II X4 640 performs like a champ. Pair it with a system board like the ASRock 890GX Extreme3 that we used today and you have the base for a solid gaming or multi-media system. Not bad, considering the system would support dual-monitors, Blu-Ray playback, GPGPU applications like stream and most importantly it would be ready for Windows 7..."

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Monday, May 10, 2010
Team Group Diamond 4GB @ techPowerUp
"The Team Group Diamond is compact, available in multiple colors, packs up to 16 GB and comes with a very affordable price tag - even though the name may suggest otherwise. We take a look to see if the tiny flash drive shines and sparkles or if any imperfections overshadow the joy of using the drive."

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Gigabyte HD5870 Super Overclock @ Bjorn3D
"With the Dual inclined fans and all copper heatpipes the Gigabyte HD5870 Super Overclock is far from your normal HD5870 and it's one of the best designs we've seen for cooling and overclocking on Air. No whiny fan, no need to aftermarket cool, no worrying about voiding the warranty. Nothing but pure Graphics bliss pre-packaged on a HD5870 that has a 100MHz core OC with voltage headroom that should take it to 1GHz core if you dare?"

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G.Skill ECO 4GB DDR3-1333 Memory Kit @ Benchmark Reviews
"In the industry of technology, brands offering similar products without innovating will not be easily adopted by the enthusiast market. If we talk about memory, then the mayor factors are frequency, latency and of course... price. Intel specifications for Core i3/i5/i7 products recommend using a maximum DRAM voltage of 1.65v. While most brands try to fit on Intel´s limits on the high side, G.Skill is trying something different. The G.Skill ECO F3 10666CL7D 4GB Dual Channel Kit is intended to run at 1333MHz with barely 1.35 volts benefiting both high-end enthusiasts who want better Overclocks and lower temps, or simply those who want to build an HTPC an every shaved watt can be the difference. Benchmark Reviews will test the G.Skill ECO kit to check if this kind of memory is able to do that difference (considering that frequency and latency are not a major factor on Intel chipsets anymore)."

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NZXT Crafted Series Vulcan Micro-ATX Gaming Case Review @ Legit Reviews
"The Vulcan is one small case, but you can put some big parts in it, and at the $69.99 price point is very affordable for an enthusiast case. LAN party goers may like this case for the fact it can accommodate large video cards like the ATI Radeon HD 5970 and its handy dandy carrying handle. The compact 16” x 7” x 16.6” body is approximately 40% smaller than the typical full tower PC case.."

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Sunday, May 9, 2010
Mac OS X 10.6.3 vs. Windows 7 vs. Ubuntu 10.04 Benchmarks
"Last week we delivered the first of our Windows 7 vs. Ubuntu 10.04 benchmarks to much anticipation, but now we have the results for Apple's Mac OS X 10.6.3 operating system to tack in too. In the first part of that Windows 7 vs. Ubuntu Linux performance examination, we looked closely at the OpenGL gaming performance across six different systems and a whole slew of tests. More articles are on the way looking at the performance and later in the week we already delivered some initial disk benchmarks. However, now it is time to see how Microsoft Windows 7 Professional x64, Ubuntu 10.04 LTS, and Apple Mac OS X 10.6.3 compete with one another."

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Friday, May 7, 2010
AMD Phenom II X2 555 BE @ Bjorn3D
"AMD is always adding new chips to their lineup to fill any gap that you can imagine. Today we have the Phenom II X2 555. This chip comes clocked slightly higher than its younger brother, the 550. This stock clock will show some improvement, but who runs a Black Edition CPU at its rated speed? The whole reason for buying this chip is its unlocked multiplier for overclocking. The Phenom II also provides the L3 cache that the Athlon II lineup lacks, adding some additional performance. Since the start of the Phenom II manufacturing AMD has been getting better at manufacturing these chips. This is leading to an amazing unlock rate for the disabled cores on these chips. Armed with our 890 GX chipset board we will attempt to unlock the two hidden cores, and get this chip to extreme clocks. Lets dive into what should be a good time!"

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Creative World of Warcraft Headset Review @ Tweaknews
"This headset is a worthy addition to any WoW fan's gaming arsenal. There's a lot going for it including excellent sound quality, a comfortable fit, and reliable wireless connectivity. It's quite a stylish piece of equipment, too. The glowing ear cups with interchangeable Horde and Alliance lenses are fun to customize with different colors and show off to friends."

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SteelSeries NP+ Rough Gaming Surface Mouse Pad @ BmR
"Most people buying mousepads expect it to be small and light, so when the SteelSeries NP+ came rolled up in a bundle at half a meter tall, it looked more like a doormat than anything. Today Benchmark Reviews analyses the SteelSeries NP+ rough surface gaming mouse pad to find out what kind of innovation was put into making this unique gigantic gaming mat."

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Thursday, May 6, 2010
Thermaltake Luxa2 LM200 @ techPowerUp
"The LM200 is the middle child of Thermaltake's Luxa2 series of high-end HTPC enclosures. While the LM100 Mini offers a compact size along with a PSU and hefty price tag and the LM300 goes all out with space for a full size ATX board, the LM200 can hold a mATX unit and seems to hit the sweet spot on price / performance as well."

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Patriot Zephyr 128GB JMicron Solid-State Drive Review @ Legit Reviews
"Patriot is celebrating their 25th anniversary this year and since their 1985 inception, the California based company has grown to become a global company with a solid reputation for providing quality memory and storage products. They didn't jump into the SSD market full force as some others have, but they have taken a more conservative approach instead. They are adding to their SSD lineup this month, releasing a value line of SSD's carrying the moniker of Zephyr - a name with roots to Greek mythology. The Zephyr line offers capacities of 64GB and 128GB at $184 & $358, respectively, and can only be found at Amazon.com for the first few weeks of availability. There is also a 256GB version but we have not received word on pricing yet. They all carry the newer JMicron JMF612 controller..."

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12GB Crucial DDR3 Memory Kit Review @ Benchmark Reviews
"It's always better to have and not need, than to need and not have. This Golden Rule applies to computer system memory as much as the other aspects in life, and having more RAM than your PC needs can only help matters. Multimedia editors require large amounts of memory to keep their encoding tasks moving at top-speed, otherwise the PC's much slower storage drive is called into play. Crucial offers the power-user a guaranteed boost to system performance, with their triple-channel 12GB DDR3 memory kit. The Crucial CT3KIT51264BA1339 UDIMM kit consists of three 4GB DDR3 modules rated for 1333MHz CL9-9-9-25-1 each. In this article, Benchmark Reviews tests the high-density RAM kit against memory big and small, fast and slow."

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Wednesday, May 5, 2010
Zalman CNPS10X Performa Cooler Review @ Tweaknews
"Throughout the reviewing and testing, there wasn't really a whole lot I could pick as a problem with this cooler. It's cheap, quiet, cost effective, built well and best of all, it performs just like any other premier coolers I have tested on the market."

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Kingston HyperX LoVo 1866MHz DDR3 4GB Memory Kit Review @ Legit Reviews
"The Kingston HyperX LoVo memory kit was great to review as we learned a number of things during testing the memory kit. The first is that not all motherboards have DDR3 (vDIMM) voltage settings that go low enough to support memory kits like this. This is an easy fix by motherboard manufactures, but it will require a BIOS update in order to support super low voltages like 1.25V. The second thing that we learned is that memory voltages and memory clock frequencies play a serious role in power consumption! To be honest we never looked that close at power consumption at various clock frequencies when keeping the vDIMM and memory timings constant. It was an eye opener to how big of a power consumption difference we were seeing at the wall when going from just 1333MHz with 1.24V to 1600MHz with 1.24V..."

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AMD Radeon HD 4290 On Linux
"Last week we delivered benchmarks of the AMD Athlon II X3 425 processor running Ubuntu 10.04 LTS while this week we are continuing in benchmarks from this triple-core budget processor as we try out its gaming performance when paired with an AMD 890GX motherboard boasting integrated Radeon HD 4290 graphics."

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Battle Of the Titan Water Blocks @ Bjorn3D
"Since I absolutely loved the movie Battle of the Titans, both the original and the remake, and we at Bjorn3D.com happens to have the three most top end water blocks on the market. We felt the title was fitting."

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QNAP TS-259 Pro Turbo NAS Server @ Benchmark Reviews
"Network storage is a concept that many people use without a second thought in corporate environments, but what about at home? Count the number of PCs in your house and tell me it wouldn't be nice to have one central location for backups, video and music storage, and everything else. All that and much more is readily available in a Network Attached Storage server. The QNAP TS-259 Pro NAS server uses a custom Linux distro and a powerful, energy-efficient 1.66GHz Intel Atom D510 CPU with 1GB of DDR2-800 memory to eliminate any potential bottlenecks. Dual Intel Gigabit Ethernet controllers allow failover safety and teaming, while two SATA drive bays offer single disk, JBOD, and RAID 0/1 configurations. Benchmark Reviews examines the QNAP TS-259 Pro in detail here, and tests its performance against a wide variety of NAS servers. We also have a pleasent surprise for Win7 users."

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Tuesday, May 4, 2010
Arctic Cooling E352 @ techPowerUp
"Arctic Cooling's wooden in-ears are put to the test. Dubbed E352 these in-ears are closely related to the E361s which we recently had the pleasure of testing. For a budget of only about $50 you get solid sound quality coupled with a nice finish."

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Ubuntu 10.04 Is More Power Hungry Than Windows 7
"Yesterday we published our first benchmarks of Windows 7 vs. Ubuntu 10.04 that provided an initial look at the OpenGL graphics performance between these two operating systems on six different systems. Today we are continuing to compare the two operating systems as we look at the power consumption of Ubuntu and Windows on a netbook and notebook."

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Nexus VCT-9000 Silent CPU cooler Review @ XtremeComputing
"For this review I will be looking at another product from our friends over at Nexus. The product under the spot light today is a new CPU cooler in the shape of the VCT-9000. As i have looked at a few Nexus cooling products before I have fairly high expectations, and I am pretty sure I won't be disappointed."

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Monday, May 3, 2010
SandForce SF1200 RAID-0 SSD Performance @ Benchmark Reviews
"The SandForce SF-1222TA3-SBH processor is part of the SF-1200 SSD controller family, and through various new technology implementations SandForce has redefined performance expectations for the entire solid state storage landscape. Not only are bandwidth speeds extremely fast (nearly saturating the SATA-3GB/s interface), but operational IOPS performance reaches SLC-NAND levels. Additionally, SandForce RAISE technology provides redundant protection for single SSD computer systems, and data is automatically secured with AES-128 encryption. Benchmark Reviews has individually tested the ADATA S599, Corsair Force F100, and RunCore ProV SSDs, all which use the SandForce SF-1200 controller, but we've never experimented with these drives in a combined array. For this article, Benchmark Reviews tests two SandForce SF-1200 SSDs in a striped RAID-0 array to unleash absolute performance."

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CoolIT ECO A.L.C. CPU Water Cooler Review @ Legit Reviews
"The ECO A.L.C. is a self-contained CPU water cooler that requires no maintenance and is just as easy to install as any enthusiast air cooler out today. Due to it being a sealed system the ECO A.L.C. has none of the normal worries and maintenance issues that come with custom water cooling loops. This makes it nice for those users that want a water cooler but do not want to have the yearly maintenance that comes with custom water cooling loops. Let’s take a quick look at the specifications, then on to looking the ECO A.L.C over and seeing how it performs against some of the top air coolers such as the Zalman CNPS10X Performa, Thermalright Venomous X, and the mighty Noctua NH-D14..."

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Is Windows 7 Actually Faster Than Ubuntu 10.04?
"While Linux has long been talked about as being a faster operating system than Microsoft Windows, in 2010 is this still the case? It seems every time we deliver new benchmarks of the EXT4 file-system it's actually getting slower, recent Linux kernel releases have not been delivering any major performance enhancements for desktop users, the open-source Linux graphics drivers are still no match to the proprietary drivers, and"

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Silverstone Fortress Series FT02 @ Bjorn3D
"When it comes to picking computer cases, some computer enthusiasts get very picky at the type of case that will fit their needs. With the latest hardware on the market, there is no doubt a BIG problem with the enormous amounts of heat being produced. There are plenty of ways of fixing this problem. One is by providing enough ventilation through the hardware to dissipate the heat, elongating the life span of your hardware. The second option would be to get an aftermarket cooler on the hardware, but that would still not fix the hot air problem inside the chassis. The next option would be to get low power and heat rated hardware, but this is not always available to us computer enthusiasts, because we always want the best and the fastest. So what else could be done to help with the heat problems? Well, by completely redesigning the way our hardware sit in our computer cases. This is what Silverstone did with their first RAVEN chassis and it has totally revolutionized heat dissip!"

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PowerColor HD 5770 PCS++ 1024M @ techPowerUp
"PowerColor's HD 5770 PCS++ could be described as an evolutionary step from the HD 5770 PCS+, targeted at overclockers. It is the first HD 5770 that comes with a Volterra voltage regulator which allows software voltage control. This enables tweakers to get higher overclocks out of their card without complicated modding."

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Sunday, May 2, 2010
ASUS RT-N16 Wireless-N Gigabit Router @ Benchmark Reviews
"Benchmark Reviews brings to you today, the ASUS RT-N16 Multi-funtional Wireless-N Router, which boasts up to 700% faster wireless throughput than 802.11g, has two USB 2.0 ports for connecting printers or USB storage medium such as a USB HDD or USB flash drive, NTFS support for attached storage and 4 Gigabit LAN ports to name just a few of the features of this router. A wireless router offers flexibility in that you can share your high speed broadband with a mixture of wired and wireless connectivity or just pure wireless connectivity without the need of the main computer being switched on. Wireless networking has proliferated homes and offices around the world, network vendors release new devices on a regular basis, you now have so many options that it's hard to make a choice. The truth of the matter is, regardless of how many things a wireless router or access point can do, the two most important things about them are their speed and their range, join us now as we take a look at the ASUS RT-N16 and see if this is the right router for you."

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NZXT IU01 USB 2.0 Internal Expansion Hub Review @ Legit Reviews
"Have you ever found yourself needing more USB ports than your computer has to offer? If this sounds familiar you more than likely need a USB hub that adds additional USB ports to your PC. These USB expansion hubs are nothing new, but most are external hubs. Today, we take a look at an internal USB expansion hub made by NZXT that adds six additional USB 2.0 headers inside your PC. The best part of the NZXT IU01 USB expansion device is that is only costs $23.99 plus $2.99 shipping. Not a huge price to pay if you need to run additional USB devices. Is the cost worth it? Let's take a closer look at the product and see what you get for the price..."

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Saturday, May 1, 2010
Here's The First Screenshot Of The Linux Steam Client
"These Linux binaries didn't successfully run, but now some independent users managed to get the first Steam client window to appear. Below is the first screenshot of the Steam Linux client provided to us. Is a huge Linux gaming scene right on the horizon?"

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