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Wednesday, June 30, 2010
In-Win Griffin Black Mid Tower PC Case Review @ Legit Reviews
"The In-Win Griffin Mid Tower Case was built with a budget in mind. Even though the case is deemed a budget case it tries as hard as it can to not skimp on all the things we need and love to have in our cases. Rear exhaust fan? Yep, it's there. Enough room for large video cards? Check. Tool-less design? Yep, you guessed it. All the little things that make a budget case a real treasure are there. But with the good comes the bad; now don't stop reading just yet. The rest of the article will have its up and downs, but read on to see if this sweet looking case that is currently priced at $39.99, could be a good choice if it fits your specific needs..."

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MSI 890FXA-GD70 Motherboard @ Bjorn3D
"With plenty of AMD 890FX based boards to chose from, it’s becoming quite the task to pick the right premium 890FX board from the plethora of vendors. ASRock, ASUS, Biostar and Gigabyte all have their own variants of AMD’s latest enthusiast chipset, so making a choice is a bit difficult. In addition to those choices, MSI also has their own option with the 890FXA-GD70."

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Cooler Master V6 GT CPU Cooler Review @ ThinkComputers.org
"“When we first got a glimpse of the V series CPU coolers from Cooler Master we were very impressed. We first got a chance to check out the V8 cooler, then came the V10 cooler and today we have the brand new V6 GT cooler. Once again like the other coolers in the V series it has the engine inspired look and a very unique design. Cooler Master says the V6 GT is the most efficient cooler in the V series thanks to the double-V heatpipes, inclined heatsink array, universal steel pressure mounting and twin DynaLoop dynamic bearing fans. Let’s take a look at the V6 GT and see if it is a real performer."

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Xigmatek Utgard Computer Case @ Benchmark Reviews
"Xigmatek have a few cases in their collection now, the latest is the Xigmatek Utgard CPC-T90DB-U01 which is the focus of this review. The Utgard is in many ways very similar to the Midgard chassis and it has many differences too, some are good while some are not so good. There is real support for water cooling with the Utgard as well as 3 design choices - Classic (U01), Windowed (U02) or mesh (U03) and all come with the option of additional 500w power supply. Join Benchmark Reviews now as we see what the Utgard Classic has to offer."

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Tuesday, June 29, 2010
Cooler Master V6GT CPU Cooler Review @ Legit Reviews
"Cooler Master said that the V6GT would outperform the V8 in their reviewers guide, and it did just that. The new Double V heatpipe arrangement and the Inclined Fin Array is a step in the right direction, but it could also have been the twin fans pumping almost 100CFM each through the CPU cooler..."

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LLVMpipe Still Is Slow At Running OpenGL On The CPU
"Two months ago we published our initial benchmarks of LLVMpipe, the Gallium3D driver that accelerated commands on the CPU rather than any GPU and unlike other Linux software rasterizers is much faster due to leveraging LLVM (the Low-Level Virtual Machine) on the back-end. Since then we have published new ATI Gallium3D driver benchmarks and yesterday put out Nouveau Gallium3D driver benchmarks, so today we are providing updated LLVMpipe driver results to show how well Gallium3D's LLVMpipe driver can accelerate your OpenGL games with a modern processor."

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OCZ Vertex 2 120GB Solid State Drive Review @ ThinkComputers.org
"“A little over a week ago we had the opportunity to review our first SandForce-based solid state drive the Corsair Force Series F100. If you have been following solid state drives at all you know that many drive manufactures are dropping the controllers from Indilinx and going with these new SandForce controllers. The new SandForce controllers are very impressive and really push solid state drives to their limits. Today we will be taking a look at the OCZ Vertex 2 120GB Solid State Drive which is based off the SF-1200 controller. It is designed for maximum performance for the mainstream sector. It is available in capacities ranging from 50GB all the way up to 480GB, let’s take a look!"

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Thermaltake Armor A90 @ techPowerUp
"The Thermaltake Armor A90 features some menacing looks, all black interior and plenty of *omph* for the next LAN party. We peak under its armor scales to see if the interior is worth protecting with such a cool look."

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Monday, June 28, 2010
Crucial Ballistix Thermal Sensor Memory Kit @ Benchmark Reviews
"'Ask any PC enthusiast and they'll tell you that system heat is a constant concern', said Crucial Ballistix senior product manager, Jeremy Mortenson. The new Crucial Ballistix kit comes with a pair of innovations in memory cooling. The first one is an improved heat spreader design compared to the old models. This isn't such a big innovation in the memory market but the second will be an interesting one for sure. Crucial added thermal sensors for temperature monitoring via software. Since we're PC enthusiasts at Benchmark Reviews, the BL2KIT25664FN160 kit from Crucial couldn't miss our benchmark's suite and tests. Join us in this article to watch out what this new Crucial Ballistix Kit has to offer."

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ROCCAT PYRA Wired + Wireless gaming mice reviewed in Metku.net
"This time the product we are testing is a pair of new gaming mice aimed for mobile gamers. The model of the mouse in question is Roccat Pyra and it comes in both wired and wireless flavors."

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Kingston Meeting & Factory Tour @ Bjorn3D
"On June 3rd, 2010, Bjorn3D and others were invited by Kingston to attend a meeting with David Sun, co-founder of Kingston Technology. This meeting was made possible to let us know about the latest products and advancements in the memory industry which we were able to already cover roughly 3 weeks ago. This also let us understand how the future for the memory industry will be shaped and get to know the story behind Kingston and how they became one of the major leaders in the memory industry."

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ASUS O!Play Air HDP-R3 Media Player Review @ Legit Reviews
"Today we take a look at the ASUS O!Play Air High-Definition Media Player. Introduced earlier this year, the O!Play Air is the second high-definition media player ASUS has released in a year. Their original player, the ASUS O!Play HDP-R1 was launched last summer providing consumers with one of the first fully-functional HD media players on the market. The “Air” version of the O!Play adds built-in Wi-Fi and media card ports on the side. ASUS is still using the same family of chipset, the Realtek 1073DD, that powered the original O!Play..."

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Benchmarks Of The Latest Nouveau-NVIDIA Gallium3D Driver
"In recent weeks we have published a number of benchmarks showcasing the ATI Gallium3D driver that supports the R300-R500 graphics processors as this open-source driver has been maturing at such an exciting rate with impressive changes and measurable performance gains over a short period of time. This ATI Gallium3D driver in most instances is outperforming the classic Radeon Mesa driver that supports up through the ATI Radeon X1000 series graphics cards. However, how is the Nouveau driver maturing that supports NVIDIA's wide-range of GeForce graphics cards? In February we published some Nouveau Gallium3D benchmarks, but now we have a fresh set of numbers from three different NVIDIA graphics cards and we also compare the Nouveau Gallium3D driver to NVIDIA's proprietary Linux driver."

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Gigabyte HD 5770 Super Overclock (GV-R577SO-1GD) @ Bjorn3D
"I do not know about you but sometimes when I go shopping for computer hardware, I prefer to find a product that is factory overclocked. Part of the reason for choosing factory overclocked hardware is that it saves me the trouble of spending hours of testing the best overclocking setting that can be attained. Factory overclocked hardware also has advantage of carrying the full warranty at the overclocked setting, and often comes with a better cooling solution."

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Toshiba Store Steel 320GB Portable Hard Drive Review @ XtremeComputing
"Today I am going to be looking at a product from a manufacturer that whilst they are a household name is less well known for their involvement in the computer hardware industry. The manufacturer is Toshiba and the product is one of their Store Steel external hard drives, this one in particular is 320GB."

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Asus Xonar DS 7.1 Surround Sound Card Review @ Tweaknews
"For improved sound on a tight budget, the Xonar DS is an excellent choice. With 7.1 channel sound and DTS support, it's a big step up from most onboard audio solutions."

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Enthusiast Custom PC Build Guide Q3-2010 @ Benchmark Reviews
"Performance is often attributed to expensive objects of desire. In the automobile space, it's generally accepted that a higher performing vehicle will incur a significant markup over the average fuel-efficient family offerings. Computing is much the same. Retail OEM machines are pre-built at predetermined price points, often targeting the humble office/Internet-centric user. Performance isn't a primary concern for these systems, nor are upgradability or customisation. On the other hand, you have the expensive 'gamer' orientated machines which cost several thousands of dollars! This is where Benchmark Reviews steps in. We've sat down and created three enthusiast machines without the dreaded price gauge of many pre-built setups - the 'Enthusiast PC Build' for Q3 2010!"

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Sunday, June 27, 2010
Motormouse 2.4GHz Wireless Car Mouse Review @ Legit Reviews
"The Motormouse 2.4GHz wireless mouse surprised us right off the starting line as we thought it would be a gimmicky product that would serve as a gag gift only. When pulled the Motormouse out of the box and started using it we quickly found out that the owners of Motormouse have brought a serious wireless mouse to the market. Not only was it fairly comfortable to use, but it also looks great and is a great conversation starter. Inside the box you'll find that the Motormouse comes with a a soft carrying pouch, with spare battery section inside, the 2.4GHz 19mm USB 2.0 receiver, two GP Alkaline AAA batteries, a basic owners manual, a 'Super-Glide mouse mat and of course the Motormouse..."

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Saturday, June 26, 2010
Axle Radeon HD 5670 1024 MB @ techPowerUp
"Axle's Radeon HD 5670 comes with 1 GB of GDDR5 memory, which is twice that of the reference design. The thermal solution has also been changed to one that runs cool and quiet, thanks to a fan design by Arctic Cooling."

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Is PowerTop Still Useful For Extending Your Battery Life?
"Three years ago Intel had released PowerTop, an open-source utility for Linux that would analyze how well your laptop was conserving power and would allow users to easily tune their system for maximum battery life via simple power optimizations. By simply running this utility, some users were able to significantly extend their battery life. However, is this utility still useful and needed with a modern Linux desktop? The most recent release of PowerTop (v1.11) was a year and a half ago, so we are seeing how well PowerTop is still able to reduce the power consumption of Intel notebooks/netbooks running Linux."

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Friday, June 25, 2010
What Internet Browser is Fastest for Windows in 2010? @ Legit Reviews
"Using a resolution of 1366x768 and no other applications open, we fired up the Peacemaker benchmark to see which was the fastest internet browser. After the dust settled Google's Chrome 6.0 was clearly in the lead and was nearly nine times faster than the slowest web browser, Microsoft's Internet Explorer 7.0. Mozilla fans should be happy to see that Firefox 3.6.4 scored higher than Microsoft's Internet Explorer 9.0 Preview 3 and the 'unknown unknown' result in the chart above is actually Firefox 3.7 Alpha 6. It looks like Firefox 3.7 will bring some significant performance improvements, but had lower script performance than Safari 5.0. Google Chrome and Opera dominated the top of the performance list by claiming the top four spots in the chart."

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XFX HD5870 2 GB Eyefinity6 with 6 monitors - the ultimate gaming experience? @ Bjorn3D
"One of the new features of the HD5xxxx series of video cards is Eyefinity, the technique that allows you to hook up several monitors to the video card and have the OS see it as one big monitor. While regular HD5xxx cards can support up to 3 monitors the ultimate Eyefinity experience can only be had with a HD5870 Eyefinity6 Edition video card which, as its name implies, supports up to 6 monitors at the same time. AMD was kind enough to lend us 6 monitors so we could test one of these cards and in today’s review we test to see if the XFX HD5870 Eyefinity6 Edition video card together with 6 nice Dell monitors indeed does deliver the ultimate gaming experience."

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NZXT Vulcan @ techPowerUp
"The NZXT Vulcan is a mATX gaming case capable of holding large multi-GPU configurations with a convenient carrying handle. We tear it apart and fill it with hardware, to see if it lives up to its promise or turns up to be nothing but smoke and hot ashes."

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Kodak Zi8 Pocket HD Video Camera Review @ ThinkComputers.org
"“High Definition (HD) video is all the rage right now. I don’t think you can find a new digital camera these days does not record video in HD. With video being easier to capture and all of the video sharing sites out there pocket video cameras are really popular right now. They are small devices to make it really easy to record video and most record in HD. Today we will be looking at one such device, the Zi8 from Kodak. It features 1080p 16:9 video capture, an SD/SDHC card slot, and an external microphone jack to record stereo sound. Geeks.com was nice enough to send the Kodak Zi8 Pocket HD Video Camera over, they are a great place to find cheap camcorders."

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Thursday, June 24, 2010
ASUS P7P55D-E Pro Motherboard @ Benchmark Reviews
"The Intel P55 platform has been with us for a good while now, and it is a real sleeper, having the memory controller integrated with the CPU gives it a nice performance advantage over competing products, even higher priced ones. If it has any serious shortcomings, it's the number of PCI-e lanes that it supports. With a maximum of 16 lanes of PCI-e 2.0 available for graphics cards, there is no room for expansion, if additional devices require PCI-e 2.0 connectivity. Guess what the most common support chips for SATA 6Gb/s and USB 3.0 require? You got it, PCI-e 2.0. ASUS works their way out of this problem on the P7P55D-E Pro motherboard with a PCI Bridge from PLX Technology that takes some spare PCI Express 1.1 lanes, converts them into the required PCI-e 2.0 version, and serves them up to the latest NEC and Marvell controllers. Benchmark Reviews was intrigued by this latest combination and we're pleased to present a review."

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SilverStone Grandia GD05 Black HTPC Case Review @ Legit Reviews
"SilverStone has a nice case on their hands with the Grandia GD05 HPTC PC case. It is very well built and has a nice finish all the way around. With the shallow depth of the case it will fit in any place you can put a standard set top DVD player. Not having an LCD or an LED display on the front might be a turn off for some users, but those that have had an HTPC before either find themselves using it all the time or never. If you are one of those that don't like to have any illumination coming from the front of your PC the SilverStone GD05B is right up your alley..."

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A Five-Way Linux Distribution Comparison In 2010
"With many Linux distributions receiving major updates in recent weeks and months we have carried out a five-way Linux distribution comparison of openSUSE, Ubuntu, Fedora, PCLinuxOS, and Arch Linux. We have quite a number of tests comparing the 32-bit performance of these popular Linux distributions on older PC hardware."

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470GTX Video Card Water Block Mayhem @ Bjorn3D
"When Nvidia introduced the 4xx series of video cards we were all amazed at the power these video cards had. At the same time, we were all shocked at the temperatures these video cards reached to give us that level of performance."

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Cooler Master Silent Pro Gold 1200W Power Supply Review @ ThinkComputers.org
"“Cooling, power, and chassis profferors Cooler Master just launched a new line of high-end power supply, the Silent Pro Gold series. This series is 80PLUS Gold certified and is backed by a five year warranty. It’s a hybrid modular unit, meaning that it has some cables built-in while others are modular. This is among the first 80PLUS Gold-certified units ThinkComputers has seen. We recently reviewed the first 80PLUS Gold-certified PSU we’d seen, the Sparkle Gold Class 1250W. 80PLUS Gold means that the unit is at least 90% efficient at 20%, 50%, and 100% load. ThinkComputers has the review."

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Microsoft SideWinder X3 Gaming Mouse Review @ Tweaknews
"If you're looking for a cheap, basic mouse to either game with or use for the desktop then you should highly consider the Microsoft SideWinder X3 as it offers great value for money while maintaining some of the features found on more expensive mice."

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Lian Li PC-T60 PitStop ATX Tech Station @ Benchmark Review
"If you're the kind of computer enthusiast whose case is always open, and you change components in your rig more often than you change your underwear, a "work bench" type of computer case might be something you could use. These open-air chassis make it easy to swap out components and access areas of your system like diagnostic LEDs and voltage measurement points. Of course, they also make it easy for the dirt and danger of the outside world to get to your system's expensive and delicate electronics, so they're not for everyone. Lian Li's new PC-T60 and PC-T7 Test Bench chassis (for ATX/mini-ATX and Mini-ITX motherboards, repectively) address this market with the brushed aluminum flair the company is known for, and Benchmark Reviews checks out the new Lian Li PC-T60 ATX/Mini-ATX Test Bench chassis in this review."

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Wednesday, June 23, 2010
Apple iPhone 4 Unboxing One Day Early!
"Finally, the new iPhone 4 comes out of the box and can be seen and touched for the very first time! Right off the bat we could tell that it was thinner and sleeker than the iPhone 3G that we will be replacing. The iPhone 4 has a new engineered glass screen that is comprised of two glossy panels of aluminosilicate glass (a.k.a."

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MSI GeForce GTX 465 Twin Frozr II @ techPowerUp
"MSI is the first board partner to release a custom designed GeForce GTX 465 card. The original GTX 465 design's fan noise made it very clear that a Fermi GPU is running under the hood. Not with the GTX 465 Twin Frozr II, the card is whisper quiet in both idle and load, and manages considerably better temperatures than the reference design."

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Interview with David Sun From Kingston Technology @ Legit Reviews
"To start off, I asked David if he see’s the DRAM market shrinking with less demand from desktop PC’s. He said that he expects to see desktop PC use to continue on it’s current level or to grow. With users of mobile devices needing someplace to store all of their data, this will most likely be a desktop PC. He told us that he sees laptop and netbook markets shrinking and tablet like devices growing, while smartphones will continue to explode."

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Asus ENGT240 @ Bjorn3D
"Are you in the market for a lower power card that is still able to play all of the latest games? You may want to take notice at Nvidia's GT240 then. This card requires no outside power connectors yet delivers enough power to play the latest games. While the settings might not be maxed like we see on many of the highest end cards, it doesn't require a nuclear power plant to run it either. Many people are also just looking for a card that will comfortably play their games without leaving a gigantic hole in their pocket, and in the current economic climate I can't blame them."

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Head-Direct HiFiMAN HE-5LE @ techPowerUp
"Head-Direct's all new HE-5LEs show a lot of promise. Based around a recently designed ortohodynamic driver, designed and manufactured by the company these show a lot of promise. Can this $699 headphone take on the much more expensive Sennheiser HD 800 ?"

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Asus ENGT240 Geforce GT 240 1GB DDR5 Videocard Review @ Tweaknews
"Overall, there isn't a whole lot I can hold against the ENGT240. It's relatively cheap, easy on power, and surprisingly is a lot more powerful than I first thought while unboxing this card for this review. Add in the overclocking potential and you have a good investment if DX11 gaming is not on your radar at this time."

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EVGA UV Plus+ UV-19 USB Display Hub @ Benchmark Reviews
"Computer desktop real estate is something that you can never have too much of. Adding multiple monitors to your system is one of the easiest ways to add precious pixels to your desktop. EVGA is no stranger to the realm of display technologies, and their new product, the UV Plus UV-19 (Model: 100-U2-UV19-TR) aims to make that easier on everyone using DisplayLink technology. Benchmark Reviews is going to take a look at this external USB Display extender and see what it can offer. EVGA boasts such features as USB 2.0 convenience, DVI connection, Small design, and Low-power consumption, just to name a few. Will the UV Plus+ UV-19 live up the EVGA name? Stay tuned to the the rest of the article on Benchmark Reviews to find out."

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Tuesday, June 22, 2010
Thermaltake Armor A90 Gaming Case reviewed in Metku.net
"As the name kinda suggests, it's a gaming case with lots of eye-catching details and should also provide enough airflow to keep things cool while gaming."

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How The ATI Catalyst Driver Has Matured Since The RV770 Launch
"It has been two years since the ATI Radeon HD 4800 (RV770) series launched so we have gone back since that monumental hardware launch and have re-tested each Catalyst driver release since then to see how the performance has changed for the ATI Radeon HD 4850 graphics card. The Catalyst driver has certainly matured over the course of two years in speeding up the OpenGL performance with this hardware along with bringing new features to their proprietary driver, but it is not exactly smooth sailing."

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ADATA S596 128GB JMicron JMF612 SSD Review @ Legit Reviews
"After provisioning and the nominal space set aside by Windows, we see the yield left for user space on the ADATA S596 is about 112GB which is not unusual for a drive with 128GB of onboard NAND. Provisioning assists with performance preservation and drive maintenance such as using these as replacements for blocks that eventually go bad. Performance on the ADATA S596 is actually a little better than we expected as it generally posted better results than other JMicron drives we have tested and rivaled drives with other controllers in some tests..."

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Sparkle GTS250 @ Bjorn3D
"For some, cards in the $200+ range are just not an option and Sparkle has found a way to get them a great card in their price range. Although this card may not have the ability to max out all of the latest games it is still a great choice because it performs well for its price point. This card aims at replacing older 8xxx series cards and lower end 2xx series card while keeping the damage to your wallet low."

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Thermaltake Armor A90 ATX Gaming Case Review @ Tweaknews
"There is room for lots of hardware in the A90, with three big bays and six HDD mounts including a placement for a 2.5-inch drive. It is lightweight but sturdy and relatively easy to work in. The cooling was great and the look, in my opinion, is very appealing."

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ASUS GeForce GTX-465 Video Card @ Benchmark Reviews
"PC video games are still the best way to experience realistic effects and immerse yourself in the battle. Consoles do their part, but only high-precision video cards offer the sharp clarity and definition needed to enjoy detailed graphics. Armed with Voltage Tweak functionality, the ASUS GeForce GTX 465 delivers a healthy helping of graphical power at an affordable price. The ENGTX465/2DI/1GD5 model has plenty of headroom for overclockers to drive out additional FPS performance, while keeping temperatures cool. In this article, Benchmark Reviews tests the ASUS ENGTX465 against some of the best video cards within the price segment by 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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Monday, June 21, 2010
ECS Elitegroup Headquarters Tour in Taiwan @ Legit Reviews
"ECS had thousands of boards on hand and if a consumer, reviewer or company has an issue with a board they more than likely have that board on hand and can try to replicate the issue here at their HQ. Almost all the cubicals had a stack of boards in them or above them, so its safe to assume just this one floor had thousands of motherboards sitting around!"

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Sunday, June 20, 2010
Gainward GTX470 Golden Sample GOOD reviewed in Metku.net
"Now that both ATI and Nvidia have had their new top of the range models on the markets for a while, it's time to wait and see what kind of version the card manufacturers come up with. This time we give a look at a new contestant from the green camp - please welcome the Gainward GTX 470 Golden Sample - GOOD."

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Is AMD's New 2D Acceleration Architecture Still Slow?
"Earlier this week AMD released the Catalyst 10.6 driver that on the Linux side of the table had finally made use by default of their new 2D acceleration architecture, offered official support for Red Hat Enterprise Linux 5.5, and formalized their OpenGL 3.3/4.0 support. Since the release of the Catalyst 10.6 Linux driver, we have been running a new set of tests on their new ATI 2D acceleration architecture, but the results are not what you may expect when compared to the open-source ATI Linux driver."

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Saturday, June 19, 2010
Zalman Booth @ Computex 2010 @ Bjorn3D
"This year at Computex 2010, Zalman had some interesting new products to show off, as well as promote their older products with some improvements. In this article we will focus strictly on the newest products Zalman has to offer, as well as take you through some new products that will be available later on this year."

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PowerColor PCS+ Radeon HD5550 Review @ XtremeComputing
"For this review I will be looking at a product that comes from a very well known name from the world of graphics cards, the company is Power Color and the product of theirs I will be looking at is one of their lower range cards the PCS+ Radeon HD5550."

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Friday, June 18, 2010
E3 Expo 2010: Day 2 Coverage @ Legit Reviews
"Welcome to Legit Reviews' coverage of the second day of the 2010 Electronic Entertainment Expo, better known as E3. In the recent past, new hardware at E3 has been a challenge to find. Sure, the"

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The Rate of ATI Gallium3D Changes Is Impressive
"Last week prior to heading over to Germany for LinuxTag, I had ran a new set of ATI R500 Gallium3D benchmarks with an ATI Radeon X1950PRO graphics card and comparing the latest Mesa/Gallium3D graphics driver performance in the Mesa 7.9-devel Git code with both the Gallium3D and classic Mesa DRI drivers to the older Mesa stack found in Ubuntu 10.04 LTS. The ATI"

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GTX-480 Thermal Study @ Bjorn3D
"When the Nvidia GTX-480 hit the shelves we saw a lot of sites reporting what we considered high temperatures on the GPU. A lot of those sites were relying on Furmark and chose not to game for hours on end in a variety of games and get thermal readings that way. We can understand the initial rush to publish because in reviewing it's publish now or suffer a loss of traffic on the review or article."

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Thursday, June 17, 2010
Sapphire Radeon HD 5550 Ultimate @ Bjorn3D
"It is kind of funny to see the word “Ultimate” being associated with a budget graphic card. Manufacturer’s often try to put a nice sounding name on a product to attract consumers to spend a bit of extra money. If they can make them feel that the product is a bit faster and better than a lesser sounding name they can charge a dime more. While the Sapphire HD 5550 Ultimate is not a gamers’ card, Sapphire does something that may justify its “Ultimate” title. What Sapphire has done is using a rather large heatsink covering ¾ of the front of the card. As a result, the Sapphire HD 5550 Ultimate is completely silent and runs extremely cool. While enthusiasts care more about the performance, completely silent is something that is important for HTPC system. Thus, Sapphire may have justified the “Ultimate”."

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ASUS P6X58D-E Xtreme Design Motherboard @ Benchmark Reviews
"ASUS has already earned our praise for their ASUS P6X58D-Premium motherboard. As the name implies, this exceptional X58-Express motherboard comes loaded with everything that could fit the circuit board... and a premium price to match. The ASUS P6X58D-E motherboard is exactly what enthusiasts want: more for less. It's nearly identical to the ASUS P6X58D-Premium version, but makes minor sacrifices to help drive down the price. In this article, Benchmark Reviews tests the affordable ASUS P6X58D-E motherboard against a collection of other Intel X58-Express enthusiast solutions to measure graphics, processor, memory, and SSD storage performance. This article will concentrate on the differences that exist between X58-Express products, since the added features are all that differentiate these motherboards."

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Wednesday, June 16, 2010
AMD & NVIDIA Video Enhancement Quality Tested @ techPowerUp
"High-Definition content is available everywhere nowadays. We take a close look at what the drivers from AMD and NVIDIA offer in order to improve the quality of video playback. HQV Benchmark 2.0 uses 39 different tests that put the available image enhancement features in the spot light."

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Corsair Force Series 120GB SandForce SF-1200 SSD Review @ Legit Reviews
"As far as performance is concerned, we observed almost exactly what we saw with the Force 100GB drive, as we expected. We found both of these drives to be among the best performing MLC SATA II drives available which is typical of the all Sandforce based drives we have seen from nearly all manufacturers. The prices for SSD's haven't come down much as of late with the economy doing the yo-yo and NAND being consumed voraciously by iPads and smartphones. With Corsair freeing up more available capacity without having to add more onboard NAND really helps add to the value of the drive without increasing production costs, so the consumer wins. While the Force 120GB drive is listed online at Amazon for $350, it looks like they don't have it in stock yet which means the price is almost assuredly going to come down once it is more widely available - unless there are supply issues..."

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E3 Expo 2010: Opening Day Coverage @ Legit Reviews
"We were just in time for Sony to announce the PlayStation: Move, the brand new peripheral for your PlayStation 3. Looking like a fancy Wii controller with a glowing ping-pong ball on top, this is to be “the world’s first 1:1 motion gaming platform”. The PlayStation Move, is set to be released in North America on September 19, 2010. We got a chance to play with the PlayStation Move and it is surprisingly accurate. We really didn’t feel foolish playing Ping-Pong or shooting robots until we tried to do it in 3D! The controller which is priced at $50 will help Sony keep the pressure on their competition..."

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Razer DeathAdder Left Handed Mouse @ Bjorn3D
"When it comes to high performance, high DPI mice for gaming, Razer is on top of the list for gamers to use. Unfortunetly when it comes to the left handed people, it has been a long and hard road to find a mouse that is both high quality, and have the high DPI capabilities. Normally Left handed users had to use ambidextrous gaming mice (which feel clumsy), or they had to resort too using crappy mice that did qualify as gaming mice."

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PowerColor PCS+ Radeon HD5550 Video Card @ Benchmark Reviews
"For every new chip design comes a fleet of new products. The launch of ATI's 5000 series powerhouses is already becoming old news. In the wake of leading edge technology there is always a turbulent sea of opportunity both for chip makers, partners and consumers. The turbulence there is caused by mid-range and budget products developed on new technology competing with high-end and mid-range products from past generations. One card released in this wild market is PowerColor's PCS+ HD 5550. The HD 5550 is based on the same "Redwood" GPU as ATI's mid-range 5670. While the 5550 was released by ATI as a low end form factor card, PowerColor model AX5550 512MD5-PP has beefed up the clock, memory, board and cooler to put some power into something most of us can afford."

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Tuesday, June 15, 2010
Thermaltake Armor A90 Chassis Review @ XtremeComputing
"Today for this review I will be looking at a new product from our old friends at Thermaltake. The product I will be looking at in this review is one of their chassis. Said chassis is a new product with a reputable name the Armour A90. As always coming from Thermaltake, and with the Armour tag, I expect nothing less than quality.."

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In-Win Ironclad ATX Full Tower PC Case Review @ Legit Reviews
"All in all, I like the Ironclad. It’s spacious, chock full of features, does push a lot of air, and has a very enticing price point. I think In-Win is doing a great thing offering this case alongside their Maelstrom case. Both cases are extremely similar in design with a few differences. Most of all, the customer gets to have a choice of which full tower they want. While I’d definitely have no problem recommending this case for anyone, issues with certain components may be a turn off for some users. The most obvious is..."

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VIA M'Serv S2100 Mini Home Server Review @ Tweaknews
"Its tiny size makes it an easy addition to any home or small office and it packs an impressive amount of power for backup, storage, and other basic server functions. Add some RAM, hard drives, and an operating system, and you'll have a server that is customizable for your environment without spending an excessive amount of cash."

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Installed Memory vs RAM Usable by Windows @ Benchmark Reviews
"Most PC users are familiar with the 4GB system memory limitation of 32-bit Windows Operating Systems, which is why 64-bit computing has become the standard for computer enthusiasts. Occasionally though, a computer system will not report the correct amount of RAM installed. In this article, our 64-bit Windows 7 test system had 6.00 GB of installed memory but indicates only 4.00 GB usable RAM available. While some may dismiss this as a case of defective RAM, you might be surprised by the culprit. Benchmark Reviews troubleshoots Installed Memory vs RAM Usable by Windows."

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Monday, June 14, 2010
Noctua NH-U9B SE2 @ techPowerUp
"Noctua has taken their NH-U9B cooler, which already offers great performance, added a second 92 mm fan and upgraded its mounting kit. Noise levels are still at a minimum and push the envelope in silent high performance cooling for modern processors. Today we see if these improvements have made the NH-U9B SE2 even more worthy of your hard earned cash."

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ZaReason Verix Notebook
"One year ago we reviewed the ZaReason Ion Breeze computer that was built around NVIDIA's ION platform with an Intel Atom CPU, but today we are looking at our first ZaReason notebook and it boasts some very high-end hardware. The Verix 1656 is one of ZaReason's highest-end notebooks and its powered by a quad-core Intel Core i7 CPU (with Hyper Threading to make for eight logical cores in this mobile computer), a NVIDIA GeForce GTS 250M GPU, and a 15.4-inch 1680x1050 display. The ZaReason Verix 1656 also has a very nice brushed-aluminum exterior."

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Zotac GeForce GTX 470 Video Card Review @ Legit Reviews
"So at the end of the day how do the cards fall? In this little comparison the Zotac GeForce GTX 470 video card walks away with the performance crown and with the promise of further extending this lead in the $350-$400 price segment. If you are willing to stomach the power bill and ignore the furnace burning away in your case the Zotac GeForce GTX 470 looks like a very attractive option. If you are a bit conscious about your power consumption though it may be worth paying a slight premium now for the ATI Radeon HD HD 5870 or purchasing the less expensive Radeon HD 5850. Keep in mind though how often you run your system loaded versus at idle. So in conclusion the Zotac GeForce GTX 470 video card is awesome albeit hot and a bit hungry..."

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Kingston HyperX 1600/1866 1.25/1.35v DDR3 @ Bjorn3D
"If you are a system builder looking for the absolute lowest power consuming PC then RAM may be something thats overlooked. Extremely low voltage RAM like the kit of HyperX we have here today can really help bring down power usage. This can be a great building block for an extremely low power PC. This also future proofs your components in a way since Intel has stated that the next generation of CPU's will use even lower voltage DDR3 than what is common today. However we will be using this RAM on an AMD based system which does not require the RAM to run at 1.65 volts or lower. This may be the case in a lot of computers since AMD makes some of the most power efficient CPU's currently available."

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Lian Li Armorsuit PC-P50WB Aluminum Gaming Case Review @ Tweaknews
"When presented with a chassis like Lian Li's PC-P50WB, it is very hard not to heap praise on it like a smitten middle school girl. There is, nevertheless, a hell of a lot to recommend this case. It looks good, has a fabulous feature set with many excellent tool-free elements and top shelf cooling."

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ASUS Radeon EAH5870 V2 Video Card @ Benchmark Reviews
"The market for Radeon HD 5870 video cards has matured since the launch of this top-tier GPU in September of 2009. Development has continued on both the hardware side and the software side of the ATI family, and the ASUS EAH5870/2DIS/1GD5/V2 is one of several new 58xx series cards released by ATI AIB partners in the last few months that follow a new design pattern. The complexity of the 5870 reference design has given way to a more focused approach. A robust power supply, an efficient cooling package, and a simpler system for voltage control; all add up to a bigger bang for the buck, higher reliability and more headroom for overclocking. Several vendors have been trying to find the right recipe for maximizing the value proposition of the Radeon HD5870, and this time Benchmark Reviews is going to look very closely at the second generation Voltage Tweak EAH5870 model from ASUS."

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Saturday, June 12, 2010
Prolimatech Armageddon CPU Cooler Review @ XtremeComputing
"In this review I will be looking at a new product from a relative newcomer to the world of pc cooling yet possibly one of the best known suppliers of enthusiast air coolers, the company is Prolimatech and the cooler of theirs I will be looking at is the Armageddon, coming from a name like Prolimatech I expecting nothing short of VERY good results. Let's hope I am not disappointed."

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Friday, June 11, 2010
Computex 2010 Booth Babes @ Bjorn3D
"Hopefully all of you know about the girls, models, or we also call them the booth babes at some of the major electronic trade shows that we have each year. This year, Bjorn3D was able to attend Computex 2010, and we would like to share some of the girls we saw at the show. Since not everyone can make it to the show, and because everyone loves the girls at Computex, we decided to dedicate a full article of the girls. If this is not something you enjoy, we will have more computer and electronics articles coming from Comptuex 2010 in the following days."

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Scythe Yasya CPU Cooler Review @ Legit Reviews
"The newest offering from Scythe is the Yasya and it has a couple new features as part of its design. Most noticeable is the very unique looking fin profile the Scythe, the T.M.L.F or Trident Multi Layer Fin structure. The Yasya also has 6 heat pipes in an unparallel arrangement. The triangle fin structure and the offset heatpipes allow for maximum air flow and heat dissipation. The Yasya comes with the new Slip Stream 120mm PWM adjustable fan. With the fan being adjustable it can run as low as 470 RPM at 7 dBa to as high as 1,900 RPM at 37 dBa depending on the combination of fan control settings and what the CPU is calling for. So the Yasya has a setting that should suit just about any user's taste..."

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NZXT Avatar @ Bjorn3D
"With manufacturers like Logitech and Razer leading the market in gaming peripherals, the name “NZXT” would rarely, if ever, come to mind when thinking of purchasing a new gaming mouse. If you turn the focus to computer cases however, NZXT might be one of the first five names mentioned. Known for making affordable enthusiast cases, NZXT is venturing into a Razer and Logitech dominated market with the new and currently their only gaming mouse, the Avatar."

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OCZ Solid 2 SSD
"We have reviewed a number of OCZ solid-state drives at Phoronix including their Vertex, Agility, and Agility EX series. In this review we are taking our first look at OCZ's new Solid 2 SSD series. The Solid 2 series is part of OCZ's value-based SSD line-up, but they do offer a surprisingly good level of performance."

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Mionix Naos 5000 USB Gaming Laser Mouse @ Benchmark Reviews
"Gamers want the best system they can get their hands on. This means a blazing fast CPU, dual video cards, and good ram. However, all this is potentially useless if you pair this system with an unreliable mouse. Mionix aims to prevent this problem by unleashing the latest addition to their lineup of gaming peripherals: the Naos 5000. Boasting up to 5040 dpi, switchable profiles and a unique weight tuning system, the Mionix Naos 5000 stands above all else. As a newcomer to the computer peripheral scene, Mionix, a small company based in Sweden, may not be a name familiar to gamers. However, this doesn't stop them from providing a wide range of solid gaming accessories. In this article, Benchmark Reviews takes a look at the Mionix Naos 5000. Keep reading to find out if this mouse really is light-years ahead of the game."

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Cooler Master Football Fever @ techPowerUp
"To celebrate the greatest event associated with the beautiful game, the 2010 FIFA World Cup, Cooler Master, EVGA, and TechPowerUp, bring to you the Football Fever Contest. Show your passion for the world's greatest football event by modding, painting or any creative use of a football theme, and win some rad PC hardware."

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Thursday, June 10, 2010
Xigmatek HDT SD964W Heatpipe CPU Cooler Review @ Tweaknews
"While the HDT SD964W cooler from Xigmatek isn't the best performing tower cooler I've seen, it does have a niche that many enthusiasts may want to explore. It didn't perform well on the overclocked Q6600 in the test mule, but it should be more than adequate for dual and tri-core processors in the 65W range with moderate voltage increases."

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MSI Big Bang XPOWER Intel X58 Motherboard Review @ Legit Reviews
"The MSI Big Bang XPower will support up to six single slot graphics cards for some hefty multi-monitor use. It also supports the latest Quad-SLI and CrossFireX technology from NVIDIA and ATI. If you are looking to do some extreme overclocking with the new Intel Core I7 980X you will need a board that can supply enough power. Under Extreme overclocking conditions the I7 980X can draw around 480 Watts, which is too much for a single 8pin cpu connector to supply. The MSI Big Bang XPower was designed for such a circumstance! The keen folks over at MSI added a second 8pin CPU connector to the Big Bang XPower! There should be no issues with power when pushing the latest processors to the maximum frequencies. They also decided to add a 6pin PCI-e which will aid when overclocking the graphics cards!"

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Corsair Dominator 1600 Mhz 7-8-7-20 Memory @ Bjorn3D
"I don't know about you, but I prefer to have tighter timings with a lower frequency versus having loose timings with higher frequencies. Even then, not all of the Core i7 920-950 CPU's can fully utilize high frequency memory. Mainly because we did not have a memory divider above 8 available. This was the case with the Core i7 920 CPU. Corsair has finally answered our prayers, not only did they come out with high frequency memory, they came out with memory that has tight timings and high frequency."

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Coolink CoratorDS CPU cooler Review @ XtremeComputing
"Today I'll be reviewing Coolink's CoratorDS - a CPU cooler which works with all of the latest Intel and AMD CPUs. Priced at around 40 - 50, it is in direct competition with some pretty good coolers. This will be a tough fight for Coolink's cooler"

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Computex 2010 Show Girls @ techPowerUp
"Computex is one of the best tradeshows in the year. Not only because it has all the latest and greatest tech products, but also because of the pretty show girls. We brought you almost 100 pics of what you missed at this year's Computex."

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Wednesday, June 9, 2010
Thermaltake Armor A90 Black Mid Tower PC Case Review @ Legit Reviews
"Looking at the Thermaltake website, you will find a number of mid-tower chassis. Some are larger than others and of course some cheaper than others. Well, the case we are looking at today falls under the $100 category and is a new release from Thermaltake in its Armor line, the Armor A90. This case is designed with gamers in mind, featuring case aesthetics that actually provide the feel of armor that you would find in your average MMO/RPG. That's not to say this case doesn't go well with your average First Person Shooter, as this case just cool looking, plain and simple..."

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Team Group Xtreem Dark 1600 MHz CL8-8-8-24 @ techPowerUp
"The Xtreem Dark series of modules are aimed at the enthusiast and casual overclocker. With compact black heat spreaders and maximum specs of 1600 MHz, they should be an attractive choice for most i3 or i5 users out there. We slap the Xtreem Dark into our testing rig and turn up the heat to see what kind of power hides below the dark hard shell of these modules."

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Enermax Pro87+ 600W @ Bjorn3D
"Power supplies of course are one of the most important pieces of a computer and one component where quality is extremely important, at least if you are a serious user with some high-end components in the computer. We have unfortunately seen too many computers get unstable or even worse, go up in smoke, when a no-name PSU has buckled under the load."

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FW: Coolink CoratorDS CPU cooler Review @ XtremeComputing
"Today I'll be reviewing Coolink's CoratorDS - a CPU cooler which works with all of the latest Intel and AMD CPUs. Priced at around 40 - 50, it is in direct competition with some pretty good coolers. This will be a tough fight for Coolink's cooler"

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Tuesday, June 8, 2010
NZXT Hades Computer Case Review @ Tweaknews
"After working with this chassis, I can safely say that there's nothing hellish about NZXT's Hades mid-tower ATX case. It's feature rich with a good cable management design and a drive cage design built for maximum configuration options. The cooling performance is excellent, yet easy on the ears and the built in fan controllers allow the user to custom tailor the performance to suit the installed hardware."

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Monday, June 7, 2010
CoolIT ECO A.L.C All-In-One Water Cooler reviewed in Metku.net
"Beside the main cooling systems of aircooling and all-out water cooling, there are also coolers that try to combine the performance of water cooling and price of air cooling. We now have a cooler from probably the best known manufacturer of coolers like this - CoolIT Systems and their ECO A.L.C."

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Computex 2010: Booth Babes @ Legit Reviews
"Everyone knows them, everyone loves them, and nothing distracts us more from getting the product photos we need than booth babes! Computex 2010 had no shortage of girls so we are sharing a number of the shots we got while wandering the show floor..."

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Seagate Constellation (2TB x 3 Drives) & LSI 3Ware SAS 9750-4i 6Gb/s RAID Card @ Bjorn3D
"Seagate has always been a leader in the storage industry, and when Sata 6Gb/s came around we wondered how long it would be until SAS (Serial Attached SCSI) 6Gb/s would take to arrive. As it turned out not long at all, the Seagate Constellation ES 2TB SAS 6Gb/s drives are in the test rig purring away. Of course having Enterprise class SAS 6Gb/s you need to have a SAS controller and we have the LSI 3Ware SAS 9750-4i 6Gb/s RAID Card capable of handling Sata 6Gb/s and SAS 6Gb/s drives."

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Eagle Tech Arion ET-AR506-BK 2.1 Soundstage Speaker System Review @ Tweaknews
"All in all, this is a great 2.1 speaker system for $60. If you like lots of bass, the subwoofer with dual 5-inch drivers will leave you satisfied, and the richness of the mids and highs produces quality sound that is great for just about any sort of media playback."

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AMD Athlon-II X2-260 Regor Processor @ Benchmark Reviews
"In early May 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. In this article Benchmark Reviews focuses on the newly released AMD Athlon-II X2-260 Regor AM3 ADX260OCK23GQ processor. Based on the Regor core, the Athlon-II X2-260 has a 3.2GHz clock speed, up 100MHz from the Athlon-II X2-255 at 3.1Ghz which was released in January 2010. The Athlon-II X2-260 is at the very low end of the newly released processors and represents a value based market at only $76. Benchmark Reviews is going to directly compare the Athlon-II X2-260 to its predecessor to see just what advantages can be found in the new chip running 100MHz faster."

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Sunday, June 6, 2010
PowerColor Shows Off Custom Video Cards At Computex 2010 @ Legit Reviews
"PowerColor was showing off the world’s first single card solution that combines a DirectX 11 enabled graphics chip with a Network Processing Unit (NPU) that is coming to market as the PowerColor HD5770 Sniper edition. We aren't sure exactly what to call this 'video card' though as it's unlike anything we have seen before. The card features Advanced Game Detect technology, which means that the card can classify the right network traffic and separate the game data for priority treatment, enabling a faster and more fluid gaming experience. This technology designed by Bigfoot also bypasses the Windows network stack in a bid to offer the highest performance, often measure not only in bandwidth, but also latency. It's a little strange seeing a nic port on the back of a video card isn't it? The PowerColor HD5770 Sniper edition was certainly one of the most unusual and innovative products that we spotted at Computex 2010..."

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Saturday, June 5, 2010
ECS Computex 2010 Booth Coverage - Intel P67 Motherboards @ Legit Reviews
"ECS was showing a number Sandy Bridge CPU ready motherboards at Computex under their popular Black Series of motherboards. Intel 'Sandy Bridge' is the code name for the companies upcoming mainstream 32nm processor that will be paired with new H67 and P67 chipset. Upcoming LGA 1155 Sandy Bridge processors are due next year, but with boards showing up this early it is a good sign that the processors are on track and might even show up early if needed..."

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Win a CyberPower Gaming PC with an Intel Core i7-875K CPU @ Legit Reviews
"The new Intel K Series processors are here. To celebrate the launch, CyberPower, a leader in custom gaming desktop PCs, notebooks, and workstations, has teamed up with Intel to give away an Intel Core I system powered by the K series processor and blazing fast Intel SSD to a well deserved and lucky winner winner within the Legit Reviews community..."

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Friday, June 4, 2010
Touring Kingston Technology's Memory Facility In Taiwan @ Legit Reviews
"Day 3 at Computex 2010 here in Taiwan and Legit Reviews was given a chance to visit the Kingston manufacturing facility in Hsin-Chu. Here is a just a bit of what we saw! The Kingston Taiwan manufacturing plant is about 80 kilometers southwest of Taipei, in an industrial technology park in Hsin-Chu, a city of about 350,000 people that is near Taiwan's west coast. The subtropical weather was in full effect for our visit so there was a steady rain that made it difficult for taking pictures outside. ..."

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CoolIT ECO A.L.C. @ Bjorn3D
"Lately there has been a fad of releasing no maintenance liquid systems. This cooling solution provides better cooling than your standard air cooler, but ditches the hassle of maintaining a liquid loop. While large air coolers can put a lot of stress on your motherboard, the way the A.L.C. is designed it takes this weight away from the motherboard and instead puts it on the rear of the case. This ensures that your motherboard will not break or warp, which is definitely a good thing."

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SandForce SF-1200 SSD Firmware Comparison @ Benchmark Reviews
"Very recently Benchmark Reviews has tested several Solid State Drive products based on the SandForce SF-1222 controller. The specifications for each product were each very similar, if not identical. Throughout all of our benchmark SSD tests the results were also very close, and nothing seemed to stand out until we concentrated in one particular area. The differences were made evident as we experimented with a new benchmark setting for upcoming SSD reviews. Consider these factors when you shop for and compare SandForce-based SSDs, just exactly as it required back when Indilinx firmware updates were changing the landscape."

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Thursday, June 3, 2010
Gigabyte Technology Motherboard Marketing & Staff Interview @ Legit Reviews
"It's now Wednesday evening in Taipei and Day 2 of Computex 2010 is a wrap. Today we were invited by Gigabyte to visit Taipei 101 for a special press briefing with some great members of Gigabyte's marketing and motherboard staff. A select few members of the press were given exclusive access to speak with Henry Kao, the Senior VP of Motherboard Business Unit, Jackson Hsu, the Product Manager, Motherboard Business Unit, and Tony Liao , the VP of Sales Marketing, North America..."

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AMD Athlon II X4 640 @ Bjorn3D
"Last week, AMD released six new Athlon II processors aimed at solidifying their presence in the mid-range market. Included in the release were two new quad-core CPUs, two tri-core CPUs and two dual-core units. Here at Bjorn3D we were lucky enough to score AMD's new top of the line Athlon II processor, the Athlon II X4 640. The 640 is the first Athlon II X4 to clock in at 3.0GHz, a slight increase over the X4 635 that is clocked at 2.9GHz. With a brand new 880-series chipset motherboard now in hand, let's see what kind of numbers the X4 640 can crank out."

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Thermaltake Element-Q mITX HTPC Case @ Benchmark Reviews
"Thermaltake isn't new to the market. They have a full line of different cases and cooling systems. Today Benchmark reviews will be testing the Thermaltake Element-Q, model VL52021N2U. This chassis belongs to the "Small Form Factor" Line and it's targeted at the Mini-ITX industry. Apart from being the typical mini-case with 220 watts PSU included, what makes this product special against other Mini ITX cases? It supports full 5.25" optical drives and two 3.5" full sized HDDs. Compared to many other Mini-ITX cases; this can be an advantage over other products making your new purchase a lot cheaper. It also supports a full-height PCI card, which means you can install your Audio or Video card and enhance your HTPC experience. Read our full review to verify if the Element-Q suits to your needs."

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Wednesday, June 2, 2010
Gigabyte Showcases the X58A-UD9 with Unlocked Intel CPUs at Computex 2010 @ Bjorn3D
"Gigabyte put a lot of effort into showcasing some of their latest products at Computex 2010 this year. Starting from one of the latest and most powerful motherboards, the GA-X58A-UD9 motherboard. What's special about this motherboard is that it is able to run up to 4-way nVidia GeForce cards in SLI or 4-way ATI Radeon cards in CrossFireX configuration. The GA-X58A-UD9 motherboard also fully supports USB 3.0 and SATA III 6Gbit/s transfer speeds, as well as Intel's new unlocked Core i7 processors."

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NZXT Premium Extension Cables @ Bjorn3D
"When hardcore enthusiasts build a gaming machine, chassis cable management tends to sit on the back burner. Actually, we know of many enthusiasts who do without a chassis altogether. The fact is, performance seems to weigh more than aesthetics with the majority of PC builders. Like many hobbies, there will always be those special participants that outshine the rest of the bunch. In the PC building world, that bunch is displayed on the Million Dollar PC website. What makes the Million Dollar PC rigs stand out is their incredible attention to detail in every area; Cooling, overclocking, color theme, and biggest one of all, cable management."

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OWC Mercury Extreme Pro-RE SSD @ Benchmark Reviews
"SSDs are both PC and Mac friendly, which is great news since Apple Computers have made significant progress taking up market share over the past decade. Although Mac computers can be expensive, Other World Computing offers hardware upgrades at prices that compete with the PC market. One such product, the OWC Mercury Extreme Pro-RE, is one of the most affordable SandForce-based SSD's available. SandForce-based SSDs are getting tremendous attention from the industry, and products based on the SF-1222 controller have demonstrated exceptional operational performance and speed. In this article Benchmark Reviews tests the 100GB OWC Mercury Extreme Pro-RE, model SSDMXRE100, against some of the fastest storage solutions on the market."

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Tuesday, June 1, 2010
Computex 2010 Day 1: Gigabyte shows off X58A-UD9, Notebooks, Tablets @ Legit Reviews
"The thing that caught our eye first was the awe inspiring GA-X58A-UD9. Known affectionately as the UD9, this monster has 7 PCIe x16 lane slots available for as many video cards as you care to throw at it. As it's based off of the original X58 chipset, Gigabyte has updated it with a USB 3.0 controller and SATA 6G. 8 SATA ports are available. In the photo above you can see it in a 4-way CrossFireX configuration..."

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OCZ Computex 2010 - RevoDrive, HSDL Interface and Vertex 2 @ Legit Reviews
"OCZ is showing off their HSDL (High Speed Data Link) interface, which was developed to raise the bar in data throughput and management to solid state storage drives this week here at Computex 2010. This is a custom proprietary connection that OCZ has developed to raise the bar when it comes to data transfers on Solid-State Drives (SSDs). They had a couple cards on display that featured different numbers of HSDL connections on them. The prototype card shown above has four connections, while the card below has just a single connection..."

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Thecus N4200 NAS Review @ Tweaknews
"Thecus has brought another high-performance, reliable NAS to the table with the N4200. The robust hardware specs make it a solid choice for a multiple user environment, and the battery backup and dual DOM features help avoid data loss in the event of a power outage or firmware corruption."

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Biostar TA890GXB-HD mATX AMD Motherboard @ Benchmark Reviews
"With the release of the new 6-core Thuban processors, AMD unveiled their latest chipset to go with it; the 890FX/GX. Very similar to the 790FX chipset, the 890GX is the first ever to support native SATA III 6Gb/s. In this article Benchmark Reviews takes an in depth look at one of the Biostar's latest motherboards built around the 890GX chipset. The Biostar TA890GXB-HD mATX AM3 Motherboard is an entry-level board that, as the G suggests, pairs with onboard graphics in order to give budget minded users the option of using the latest technologies with the option of taking some of the pressure off their pockets. AMD has a reputation, especially recently, of making good quality products available to the everyday users and enthusiasts that might not be able to afford their hobby otherwise. The 890GX chipset is recommended for use with Phenom-II processors and it pairs quite well with the Athlon-II series as well, which are the most likely pairing for the Biostar TA890GXB-HD AM3 Motherboard, given its price. We will be pitting the TA890GXB-HD against the older 785G chipset to see just what type of performance the new chipset offers."

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