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Tuesday, August 31, 2010
World-Exclusive: BitFenix Colossus Case @ techPowerUp
"BitFenix may be a new brand but their first product has landed. The Colossus case is so large that you simply cannot miss it. It is packed to the rim with new and unique features, which make you wonder what we did without them before. We take an in-depth look at the retail version of this massive EATX case that goes for a very affordable 159 Euros."

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StarCraft II: Wings of Liberty @ Bjorn3D
"How does one measure the true success of a game? Sales figures from the first few months may be an indicator, but many games flare up, sell en masse due to hype, and then fade away in obscurity. The mark of a truly successful game, then, must be how long people keep playing it. In that regard, the original StarCraft must be one of the most successful games available. Released in 1998, the game has sold over 11 million copies (source: Wikipedia), and has a strong following amongst RTS-gamers who see it as one of the most balanced RTS-games ever created. It isn’t a coincidence that it is StarCraft that is used for online game sports in South Korea."

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ASRock 880G Extreme3 Motherboard Review @ Legit Reviews
"The performance of the ASRock 880G Extreme3 was just as we expected. It performs very well and gives you a great platform for your upgrade dollars. As a bonus, UCC was able to unlock the fourth core, which not all boards (like the ECS board we tested against) are able to do. You will not be disappointed with the way this board handles at all..."

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ASUS SBC-06D1S-U External Slim Blu-ray Combo Drive Review @ ThinkComputers.org
"“Last year we took a look at ASUS’s first external Blu-ray combo drive, the SBC-04D1S-U. It was the perfect external combo drive for a laptop or desktop and received a perfect 10 out of 10 score in our testing. ASUS has updated the SBC-04D1S-U with faster Blu-ray read speeds and a few other features. They are calling this new combo drive the SBC-06D1S-U. Let’s see if ASUS can make this drive any better than the previous drive we tested!"

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NZXT Internal USB Expansion Module Model IU01 Review @ Tweaknews
"Frankly, when I first looked at NZXT's IU01 internal USB module I was prepared to be underwhelmed. After putting it through its paces, I now see how wrong first impressions can be. The device performed as advertised and can really be a boon to users with insufficient USB port availability and/or power hungry USB devices."

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Monday, August 30, 2010
Desktop PC Platform - Saved By Overclocking @ Benchmark Reviews
"The desktop hardware industry was made popular by knowledgeable members of the community willing to share their overclocking experience with others. Passionate hobbyists aligned with similar goals graciously helped eager learners to tweak hardware components until they performed like the next model in the series, but pre-tweaked enthusiast products were slowly driving down the number of people who qualify as overclockers. It's not easy watching our hobby get dumbed-down to the point where the push of a button can replace years of trial-and-error experience. At some point, the real overclockers will return to save the desktop platform."

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In Win Dragon Slayer MicroATX Mini Tower PC Case Review @ Legit Reviews
"The Dragon Slayer from In Win is a very nice little case. The metal mesh front and side panels give it a nice look and allow for good air flow. With the Dragon Slayer falling in the $75-100 range it’s got a fair amount of cases to compete with. Unlike most mini towers in its price range the Dragon Slayer has more cooling, can accommodate larger coolers and has the 5th expansion slot that most mini towers don't have. The other side of that coin is that when most are looking at a mini tower they are looking for a small case..."

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Gigabyte H55M-USB3 @ Bjorn3D
"When Intel's Clarkdale-based processors were released this past January, Gigabyte jumped into action creating some of the best H55 boards available. With the new Clarkdale-based processors, the H55M includes built in graphics, making this setup great for people looking to build smaller PC's like HTPC's, small form factor web PC's, and small servers. With low power consumption and no need for a GPU (due to Intel's Clarkdale-based CPU), these computers save power and and are extremely efficient. The H55M USB3 we are looking at today also enters the new world of USB 3.0, giving this new setup an extra advantage."

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Samsung EX1 10-Megapixel Digital Camera Review @ ThinkComputers.org
"“When people think of manufacturers who make compact digital cameras, few will probably think of Samsung. Though recently, it seems Samsung has been building more photographic equipment, and been doing a great job of it too. The latest compact digital camera from Samsung to reach the market is the EX1. With its compact metal body, an impressive F1.8-2.4 optical zoom lens capable of 24mm at the wide-angle and an articulated screen, it looks like Samsung is serious about their cameras. There are many features of the Samsung EX1 that was unexpected but highly desirable, the impressive F1.8 aperture capability, their high quality OLED articulated rear display and the ability to capture images in RAW (an uncompressed/lossless file format)."

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Vantec Nexstar CX SuperSpeed USB 3.0 Hard Drive Enclosure Review @ Tweaknews
"Vantec's NexStar CX is a budget-friendly USB 3.0 enclosure that pairs with your favorite hard drive to create an easy to use external storage solution. Not only does it carry a reasonable price tag, it features blazing fast speeds thanks to the USB 3.0 interface and the passive cooling translates into silent operation."

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Genius MaxFire Pandora-Pro USB Mini Gamepad @ Benchmark Reviews
"Sometimes I find that playing games with a keyboard just does not cut it. Games that require quick action such as platform games or puzzle games don't always work as well using a computer keyboard. Game pads feel much more natural when you are trying to defeat your opponent in a fighting game, or get to the next grueling level on a fast paced puzzle game. There are a variety of game pads, and Benchmark Reviews has tested many of these game pads over the years. Genius has provided Benchmark Reviews the Mini USB Maxfire Pandora Pro. This is a type of game pad that is often overlooked in this segment, a small and portable game pad. With features such as the ability to fold into a small package and turbo buttons, the Pandora Pro promises features from the larger types of game pads, but in a might more portable package. Read the full article on Benchmark Reviews to see if they can deliver."

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Sunday, August 29, 2010
AXLE GeForce GTX 468 Ace 1 GB @ techPowerUp
"AXLE's GeForce GTX 460 ACE is the first GTX 460 to come with a triple slot cooling solution, by Arctic Cooling in this case. The card also comes pre-overclocked out of the box which results in a healthy performance boost over the reference design."

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Cooler Master Choiix Comforter Lapdesk Review @ Legit Reviews
"The Choiix Comforter lapdesk looks great, especially at its $15 price tag as a leg protector, an ergonomic stand, a cooling pad or even as a sun shield for your legs while driving if you so choose. The Choiix Comforter sets itself apart from the competition in being extremely comfortable; most laptop cooling pads or stands are not made specifically to set on your lap all the time, although the Comforter is.... Article Title: Cooler Master Choiix Comforter Lapdesk Review @ Legit Reviews Article URL: http://www.legitreviews.com/article/1388/1/ You may unsubscribe from this list at any time by visiting the following URL: http://www.legitreviews.com/cgi-bin/dada/mail.cgi/u/legitpr/news/modthebox.com/="

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Friday, August 27, 2010
Mach Xtreme Armor 1600 MHz CL8 4GB Kit @ techPowerUp
"Mach Xtreme is a new player, but their complete line-up of memory, SSDs and their USB 3.0 flash drive made some real waves. We are taking a look at the Armor 1600 MHz CL8 dual channel kit, which comes equipped with Xigmatek heat spreaders. Will its shell withstand our barrage of benchmarks or are we able to chip its armor?"

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GIGABYTE 890FXA-UD5 AMD 890FX Motherboard Review @ Legit Reviews
"Throughout the testing today we compared the GIGABYTE 890FXA-UD5 to the ASUS Crosshair IV Formula. Despite my board preferences the GIGABYTE 890FXA-UD5 fell ever so slightly behind the ASUS Crosshair IV Formula. Although, there is one area that the GIGABYTE 890FXA-UD5 fell behind in that is a good place to be lower: the price. Currently you can find the GIGABYTE 890FXA-UD5 for as little as $179.99 while the ASUS Crosshair IV Formula is sitting at a heftier price of $224.85. The question that arises is, is the extra $45.00 worth the ever so slight performance increase?"

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Cooler Master HAF X @ Bjorn3D
"The Cooler Master HAF X is a full sized tower case, weighing in at almost 14.5 kg (32 lb), and made entirely of cold black steel with accompanying black plastic bezels on the front and top. Follow along as we take a tour of this new bad boy from Cooler Master."

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Thursday, August 26, 2010
Dimastech EasyHard V2.5 Test Bench reviewed at metku.net
"When it comes to the real test benches, Dimastech is the best known brand. This time we take a closer look at their EasyHard V2.5 Test Bench."

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Cooler Master USNA 95 Slim Notebook Power Adapter Review @ Legit Reviews
"A universal power adapter opens the door to new designs, form factors and features, so they make an ideal choice when it comes to the replacement or back-up for your original notebook adapter. Today, we are taking a look at a brand new ultra slim notebook power adapter from Cooler Master called the USNA 95. This is not a cheap generic power brick. This power adapter was designed by Choiix for Cooler Master and it was designed from the get go to be small, but powerful. In fact, Cooler Master informed us that the USNA95 is the world's smallest 95 Watt (has a peak power output rated at 150W) power adapter! The Cooler Master USNA 95 measures in at just 4.1"

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Apple Mac OS X OpenCL Performance vs. Linux
"Yesterday we looked at the performance of Apple's"

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NZXT Premium Cables Review @ ThinkComputers.org
"“So you’re building a new computer and you want to wire your case to look nice on the inside. NZXT has come out with some single braided cables for all your power needs and nice looks for your case. The single braided cables have started to become mainstream after a few modders started to make their own and sell them. So NZXT decided to make their own cable and bring them to the mainstream. As we all know NZXT has been making some great high end products. I am for one happy to see how these will work out, being an avid modder and custom case builder. With many of these cables to review let’s see what these cables are all about."

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DeepCool GamerStorm Processor Cooler Review @ Tweaknews
"The DEEPCOOL GamerStorm CPU Cooler proved to be a tried and true performer beating out the competition in the testing phase. Not only does this cooler look great, it performs great as well."

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Wednesday, August 25, 2010
Xigmatek Aegir SD128264 CPU Cooler Heatsink @ Benchmark Reviews
"Not everyone wants to spend a small fortune buying the fastest processor sold, simply for the promise of factory-made speed. Overclockers are quite the opposite; they're known for taking a more affordable model and making make it into a CPU comparable to the top products. Overclocking can mean exerting additional performance from computer hardware, or it can be a hobby for anyone who likes to tweak settings the same way that some people wrench on cars. But like any race car, the high-performance computer requires the right components to keep it operating at peak condition. Heat is the problem, and overclocked processors generate plenty of it. CPU cooler heatsinks are the answer, and the Xigmatek Aegir SD128264 is the latest product to promise outstanding thermal efficiency and ease of installation. Benchmark Reviews tests the double-layer HDT design of the Xigmatek Aegir SD128264 against the best heatsinks in the industry, using both silent and high-output fan combinations."

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Apple's Enhanced OpenGL Stack Versus Linux
"While our primary focus at Phoronix is on providing Linux benchmarks, we do enjoy trying out and benchmarking other operating systems like FreeBSD, Solaris, and Mac OS X. When Apple originally launched Mac OS X 10.6"

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Nox Audio Specialist Gaming Headset Review @ Legit Reviews
"The Nox Specialist headsets are hands-down the most comfortable headsets we have used for gaming and for PC use ever. In fact, the competition for most bang-for-your-buck is not even close. At $80, these headsets seem like a steal. From the very first moment we tried the headsets on, we knew the Specialist were unique and … um, special! Everyone in the Legit Review bunker who has used this headset has said the same thing. You can wear this headset for long periods of time and at the end of the day and the headset would still feel comfortable and not heavy or irritating in the slightest..."

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QNAP TS-259 Pro @ Bjorn3D
"Intel's Atom platform has had great success in the netbook market, especially due to its low power consumption. As a result, manufacturers started introducing the Atom processor into different computer hardwares such as Tablet PCs, HTPCs, and NetTops. Now the Atom has moved into the Network Attached Storage (NAS) market."

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Corsair Force Series F120 120GB Solid State Drive Review @ ThinkComputers.org
"“We first got our hands on a SandForce-based drive when Corsair was nice enough to send us their F100 solid state drive. We were very excited and anxious to see the performance boost from the traditional Indilinx Barefoot drives we had been reviewing for the past year. Recently we have seen many extended capacity drives, meaning there is less over-provisioning in order for a larger capacity drive. Many people think that 20GB is not that much extra space, but when it comes down to it, it really is. Also prices have dropped quite considerably in the past few months. At the time we reviewed the F100 it retailed for around $400 and now you can get the F120 for around $300! Let’s take a look at this drive!"

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Sentey Arvina GS-6400R Computer Case @ Benchmark Reviews
"A well designed case can be the difference between an easy, well-organized build or a nightmare build that haunts you everytime time you need to do work on your computer. The Sentey Arvina GS-6400R is a full ATX case that supports E-ATX motherboards. The Arvina comes with six fans, five 5.25" drive bays, five 3.5" drive bays, and quite a bit of flare in its look. With numbers like these, it sounds like Sentey could have a winner with its Arvina line, but do these numbers add up to a good experience or are you just paying for a lot of flashy lights? Benchmark Reviews will take a indepth look at this case to find out."

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Tuesday, August 24, 2010
Sentey Arvina GS-6400 Black PC Case Review @ Legit Reviews
"I liked tinkering with the Sentey Arvina PC case. It has a good amount of room to work with along with a cable routing system that definitely does the job. Other features that stood out were six quiet LED fans that did a decent job of cooling the case and hardware inside even though they don't spin very fast. Right now, the only place online I could find to purchase the Sentey Arvina is through Amazon and eBay for about $130 and they also offer the three available colors. Oddly, it’s the only product I was able to find that Sentey offers in the US at this time. For $130 it might be a bit hard to swallow for some. For the warranty (one year) and features it offers, I’d say that’s a fair price considering they pre-routed the fan wires for you and included an integrated card reader. I also like that while there isn't a side window, the Arvina still lets out a blue glow that isn't too obnoxious. People who don't like LED's might even be attracted to this. The fan controller on top that shuts off the fans is a nice touch. It would have been nicer if it only shut the LED’s off and not the entire fan but they aren’t noisy as the fan speed is relatively low. The Sentey Arvina is an awesome case for those looking for a great look and nice features..."

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NZXT Tempest EVO Computer Case Review @ Tweaknews
"After going over the features and specifications of the Tempest Evo chassis prior to the review, I had high hopes for the case. I wasn't disappointed. NZXT has taken the Tempest design to the next level in virtually all the important areas, and it is a worthy successor to the original design."

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Intel Core-i3/i5/i7 Overclocking Guide @ Benchmark Reviews
"Congratulations! If you're reading this article that means you are either trying to overclock your LGA 1156 platform for the first time or you already overclocked it but want to know more about how it is done and read if you can "enhance" your setup to reach that sweet point. The LGA1156 platform has been out for a while now, and it quickly got adopted by the users as the main performance platform thanks to the lower prices compared to the LGA 1366 while keeping the same performance. Intel launched 4 cores/8 threads processors (Core i5 and Core i7) based on Lynnfield's architecture, and after that we saw 2 cores/4 threads CPUs with Intel GMA HD graphics (Core i3 & Core i5) based on Clarkdale's technology. Thanks to a better and more mature technology, along with reduced manufacture's size, the entire LGA 1156 gamma is able to overclock in a very decent way within air-cooling conditions, and that's what we're analyzing today. Benchmark Reviews will teach you how to understand overclocking values while doing the process at the same time. After that, the Core i3, Core i5 and the powerful Core i7 processors will be deeply analyzed to check how the MHz increase versus heat, voltage and power consumption. Start your engines and have a look at our latest Intel LGA 1156 Overclocking Guide to setup your latest Core i3/i5/i7 CPU to the max!"

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Monday, August 23, 2010
Mafia-II Video Game Performance @ Benchmark Reviews
"Mafia II is the single-player sequel to Mafia: The City of Lost Heaven, in which players assume the life of World War II veteran Vito Scaletta. Driven by a passion for fame and riches, players take on thugs in Empire Bay, working their way to the top in Mafia II. Built on 2K Czech's proprietary Illusion game engine, Benchmark Reviews tests Mafia II using ATI Radeon and NVIDIA GeForce video cards. PhysX and GeForce 3D-Vision technologies are revealed, which shape and build this game into an immersive experience. To help players get the most out of their time behind the trigger, game strategy is explained with tips and hints added."

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Corsair Hydro Series H70 CPU Water Cooling Kit Review @ Legit Reviews
"The Corsair Hydro Series H70 CPU water cooler is a very nice self-contained water cooling kit that is easy to install and requires no maintenance. The Corsair H70 (Part number CWCH70) was also able to perform significantly better than the Corsair H50 for just a slightly higher price tag. By the time you figure in the better cooling performance, improved appearance and the two year limited warranty, you have a water cooler that is hard to pass up..."

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Arctic Cooling K381 Keyboard @ techPowerUp
"Arctic Cooling's recent push to enter the peripheral market is now paying off for those looking for an affordable slim line keyboard. With the launch of the K381 keyboard you could get a quite feature packed keyboard that does not take up much deskspace for only $24.95."

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NVIDIA GeForce GTX 460 On Linux
"NVIDIA formally introduced the GeForce 400"

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Asus EAH5830 HD 5830 DirectCU Voltage Tweak Videocard Review @ Tweaknews
"With a core overclock of 1027Mhz, the Asus EAH5830 DirectCU performs exactly as intended and the DirectCU cooler does an excellent job at keeping temperatures under control. There isn't much more you could ask out of a videocard. The core overclocking is incredible which did lead to some rather sizeable increases in gaming framerates and did come within range of what you would see if you were considering a HD 5850."

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Cooler Master CM Storm Inferno Gaming Mouse Review @ ThinkComputers.org
"“With Cooler Masters CM Storm Gaming product line on the rise Cooler Master has recently released the CM Storm Inferno Gaming Mouse for the ultimate gamer. The CM Storm Inferno features 11 buttons, all highly adjustable with the Inferno software. The software features plenty of macros, scripts and other adjustments the FPS and MMORPG gamer would need. Being on the CM Storm line, the mouse has to have a great look, feel and gamer touch; that it does with its red/black design and LED illuminations. Read on further to see what else this mouse has to offer."

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PowerColor PCS++ HD5770 Video Card Review @ XtremeComputing
"For this review I will be looking at a product that comes from PowerColor and the product of theirs I will be looking at is the PCS++ Radeon HD5770. Having recently looked at the PowerColor PCS+ HD5550 here at XtremeCompting I am expecting something good from this review."

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Patriot Gauntlet PCGT25S Drive Enclosure @ Benchmark Reviews
"USB 3.0, aka "SuperSpeed USB", is finally out, and it brings massively improved throughput and performance over USB 2.0. At 4.8Gbps, it's ten times faster than USB 2.0's maximum of 480Mbps. The only problem is that very few devices are available with USB 3.0 interfaces. Patriot's "Gauntlet" external drive enclosure is one such, and Benchmark Reviews checks out the Patriot Gauntlet SuperSpeed USB Edition PCGT25S external drive enclosure with an OCZ Vertext Turbo 120G SSD to see how its performance compares with USB 2.0 speeds as well as a direct SATA connection."

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Friday, August 20, 2010
Open-Source 2D, 3D For ATI Radeon HD 5000 Series GPUs
"AMD continues to abide by their commitment to provide open-source support for their graphics cards and as proof of that this afternoon they have released their initial hardware acceleration code that supports the ATI Radeon HD 5000"

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ASRock Core 100HT NetTop
"Last summer we reviewed the ASRock NetTop ION 330, which was the first Atom-powered NetTop computer that had come out of this vendor known for their affordable motherboards. The NetTop ION 330 combined an Intel Atom 330 CPU with NVIDIA's ION platform to provide a low-power PC while offering modest computing and graphics capabilities. Earlier this year we then reviewed the ION 330HT-BD, which was ASRock's revised nettop with more features and was topped off with a Blu-ray drive for greater media capabilities. Today we are now reviewing the ASRock Core 100HT, which is their newest nettop and it boasts an Intel Core i3-330M processor with 4GB of DDR3 system memory, a 500GB hard drive, and is completed with USB 3.0 and 802.11n wireless network connectivity."

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Thursday, August 19, 2010
IBUYPOWER Paladin XLC Phantom Series System Review @ Legit Reviews
"The iBUYPOWER Paladin XLC Phantom we got to play with is a beast of a system. Coming out of the box, todays system had a 25% overclock in place from the iBP Labs Level 3 Powerdrive Overclock. This gave the iBUYPOWER Palading XLC Phantom power to spare. The base specifications that we looked at on the first page of the article are impressive, once you upgrade the iBUYPOWER Paladin XLC Phantom to the features you want, it will make it even better. The performance of the iBUYPOWER Paladin XLC Phantom as we tested it today was top notch. Throw in the fact that the iBUYPOWER Paladin XLC Phantom can be purchased from iBUYPOWER for less than it would cost you to purchase all of the parts individually, and its a no brainer!"

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JVC Picsio Pocket HD Camcorder / Camera Review @ ThinkComputers.org
"“Today we are looking at yet another pocket HD Camcorder / Camera. This one is from JVC and records in full 1080p HD, has 4x digital zoom, is very stylish and even takes 8-megapixel still images. Many of these pocket HD camcorders do not shoot great photos or no photos as all, but the JVC Picsio does shoot 8-megapixel photos. Could this be the deciding factor on what pocket camcorder to get? Let’s take a look and find out!"

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Desktop PC Platform - Statistical Obituary @ Benchmark Reviews
"This is the third piece in an ongoing editorial series, in which the introductory article identified several threats which could potentially put an end the desktop PC platform. To summarize that piece, desktop computers are at risk of extinction by a wide range of predators: notebooks, netbooks, Smartphones, PDA devices, and gaming consoles. For this article, worldwide sales statistics make a strong argument against the longevity of desktop computers into the future. Will gaming consoles, notebook computers, and Smartphone devices replace the desktop PC anytime soon? Perhaps the obituary has already been written and we're all just ignoring the bad news."

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Wednesday, August 18, 2010
Lost Planet 2 Benchmarking - Radeon HD 5850 vs GeForce GTX 460 1GB @ Legit Reviews
"When it comes to DirectX 11 performance the MSI GeForce GTX 460 Cyclone 1GB video card proved to be faster than the ATI Radeon HD 5850 in Lost Planet 2. It also wins on the price front as the MSI GeForce GTX 460 Cyclone 1GB video card runs $259.06 shipped, which is nearly $31 less than the MSI Radeon HD 5850 video card as it runs $289.99 shipped. It looks like ATI needs to get their fall 'refresh' out the door as NVIDIA has finally passed ATI up when it comes to DX11 performance..."

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Nvidia Nvision Surround @ Bjorn3D
"Like always, we gamers want more. Nvidia introduced a new way of playing games a few years ago that would put us right into the thick of our games. That new style of gaming was 3D, not only would we have a great game, but now we could play our games while we personally dodge all the carnage we just created. Unfortunately, this left a good major portion of gamers out in the cold when it came to this style of gaming. Not everyone had the money to invest in 3D monitors. Plus, using 3D monitors meant we would have to downgrade from our already high resolution monitors of 1920x1080/1920x1200 to 1680x1050. To make matters worse, there weren't many titles that supported the 3D features."

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ASUS DRW-24B1ST SATA DVD-RW Drive Review @ Tweaknews
"The DRW-24B1ST proved to be a solid performer during testing while still running quietly and efficiently. Burn quality is reliable too – I burned everything from movies to data to music with this drive and each and every disc turned out perfect. The price is very easy to take as well. For just over $20, you get the full retail package which includes Nero 8 Essentials along with Asus' E-Green and E-Hammer programs."

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ASUS AT3IONT-I Deluxe Atom 330/nVidia ION Motherboard Review @ ThinkComputers.org
"“The HTPC is growing increasingly popular as people discover the endless possibilities of the multimedia side of the PC. Yeah, I know, we enthusiasts have realized this for a long time, but keep in mind that the average PC user still primarily uses his/her rig for email and surfing the net. Well, add loading music into their iPOD, hanging out with their Facebook friends, and watching YouTube videos to that list. Most still haven’t realized how versatile that intimidating box they know as simply “my computer” can be. Our friends at Asus have been working hard to create the ideal HTPC setup in their new AT3IONT-I Deluxe Mini-ITX board. Powered by a passively cooled Intel Atom 330 processor and nVidia ION chipset and sporting onboard WiFi among other features, their MiniMax Home Entertainment Center may just be what you need to build that home theater around. Read on to check out the Asus AT3IONT-I Deluxe!"

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Tuesday, August 17, 2010
ZOTAC GeForce GTX 460 Amp! Edition @ techPowerUp
"ZOTAC's new GTX 460 Amp! Edition is the highest clocked GTX 460 version available right now. Its clock speeds of 810 MHz core and 1000 MHz memory ensure it delivers substantially improved performance over the GTX 460 reference design. ZOTAC is also using a custom cooling solution and includes a full version of Prince of Persia with their card."

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GIGABYTE 880GMA-UD2H AMD 880G Motherboard Review @ Legit Reviews
"All in all I have to say that I am very impressed with the GIGABYTE 880GMA-UD2H motherboard. Throughout the testing it never complained or crashed, and was competing near the top of the charts with the much more expensive boards like the ASUS Crosshair IV Formula. I suppose I should expect nothing less from a company like GIGABYTE, though it is still surprising how well it did! This is the type of performance I have come to expect from GIGABYTE!"

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AViiQ Portable Laptop Stand Review @ ThinkComputers.org
"“Laptop stands are always a good thing to have around. They making typing and using your laptop much easier but more importantly they place your laptop at an ergonomically-correct angle. I have quite a few laptop stands actually, but the thing that bothers me is that they take up so much space when you are traveling. Today we have a notebook stand that is extremely portable; it folds up for easy storage and traveling! It has quite a large price tag, let’s see if it’s worth it!"

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nMedia HTPC 1080p Media Center Chassis @ Benchmark Reviews
"As computers become more commonly included in people's home entertainment systems, it is only natural that companies like nMedia try to create custom cases to cater to those consumers' needs. As seen with other cases from nMedia that Benchmark Reviews has tested, such as the 6000B HTPC Case, nMedia is no stranger to multimedia and HTPC case design. nMedia has given Benchmark Review a chance to look at their latest in their HTPC case line, the HTPC 1080p Micro ATX Chassis. Mentioning a low-profile design, dual 80mm silent fans, all-in-one front I/O panel, and an optional LCD Panel would only begin to highlight the features of the HTPC 1080p. Please join Benchmark Reviews and read the full article as we fully explore what nMedia has to offer with the HTPC 1080p."

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Monday, August 16, 2010
Lian Li PC-Q06 Testbench @ Bjorn3D
"you are like me, one who is constantly swaps in and out your computer components, you would know what a big challenge it can be to gain access to all the hardware inside of a computer case. That is why almost every reviewer wishes they have a test bench where it offers a quick, and easy way to swap in and out these components."

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Corsair A70 Dual 120mm Fan CPU Cooler Review @ Legit Reviews
"Whether you are new to PCs or an enthusiast, when you hear the name Corsair your mind most likely jumps straight to RAM. However, Corsair has been branching out over the last couple of years into more than RAM. Now they have power supplies, USB drives, SSDs, cases, water cooling kits and now, air coolers. The coolers are the A50 and A70, and today we will be looking at the A70. The A70 is a dual 120mm fan Heatpipe Direct Touch (HDT) 4 heat pipe tower cooler. The A70 will mount up to all the Intel LGA sockets and the AMD AM2/AM3 sockets. The A70 is a twin fan cooler and Corsair provides two 120mm fans for a push/pull configuration. Each of the fans is rated at 61.2 CFM at 2000 RPM and run at 31.5 dBA. They can also be restricted with inline power resistors to make them run at 50.35 CFM at 1600 RPM and 26dBA each. So the cooler can be quieted down if needed..."

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Gaming Benchmarks: Windows 7 vs. Ubuntu Linux
"At the beginning of this month we published workstation benchmarks comparing Windows 7 to Ubuntu Linux. In those tests, which were a continuation of tests from earlier this year when looking to see whether Windows 7 is faster than Ubuntu 10.04 and how fast is Windows compared to Mac OS X and Linux, the two operating systems performed quite closely in our workstation tests with only a few exceptions. Today, however, we are back to looking at the Linux vs. Windows performance of the Lenovo ThinkPad W510 and this time we are looking at the OpenGL gaming performance between Windows 7 Professional and Ubuntu 10.04 LTS."

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Integral Hard Drive Copy Station/Dock Review @ XtremeComputing
"The Copy Station leaves nothing to chance, and you're instructed clearly by bright yellow stickers the bay to put which hard drive into so, that you have no excuse for overwriting the wrong drive by mistakenly copying the wrong way. The blocks to right of the stickers provide support for 2.5"

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XFX HD 5830 Video Card Review @ Tweaknews
"XFX's reference based version of the HD 5830 overall a very good videocard capable of fast gaming while keeping costs down. The videocard performs exactly the same as all other HD 5830s tested and this is no surprise seeing it is based off ATI's reference design and PCB. But where this model differs is when you turn your attention to the GPU cooling.."

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NZXT Phantom Enthusiast Steel Full Tower Chassis Review @ ThinkComputers.org
"“The Phantom, NZXTs most elegant case to date, was unveiled not that long ago on July 28, 2010. It offers a unique and powerful design for enthusiasts. A complete black (also available in red and white) finish, both inside and out, is complemented by a piano black finish found on the top and front bezel. The case offers plenty of cooling options, support for the latest and greatest hardware, an easy installation, and many other advanced features."

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TRENDnet Powerline Adapter Kit TPL-303E2K @ Benchmark Reviews
"With the growing demand of faster and more accessible internet, new technologies such as fiber optics are being introduced. It's only natural that companies like TRENDnet are coming up with innovative and easier ways to allow you to use this technology in your home. TRENDnet has recently introduced the TPL-303E2K 200Mbps Powerline AV adapter kit for specifically this reason. The TRENDnet TPL-303E2K uses the existing wiring in your home or office to provide a secure, high-speed network. By connecting one adapter to your router and the other to the ethernet port on your computer, you're able to easily give internet access to that computer just like it was plugged directly into the router. With support for up to 8 adapters, a network with many devices is able to be created. Within this article, Benchmark Reviews tests and benchmarks the TRENDnet 200Mbps Powerline AV Adapter kit TPL-303E2K."

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Sunday, August 15, 2010
Modding article - Project: Arcade in Metku.net
"When I was a kid, I wanted to play all these coin operated games but my parents didn't let me. From there on since I've wanted to build an arcade gaming cabinet. Now that I have the technical skills and financian means, why not?!"

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Friday, August 13, 2010
Kingston HyperX Blu 4GB Kit 1600MHz (KHX1600C9D3B1K2) @ Bjorn3D
"Kingston's HyperX Blu kits aim to offer HyperX performance without asking the typical HyperX price. For the first time ever, gamers and PC enthusiast can have HyperX performance at a very affordable price. From what we've experienced first hand, there isn't much different between HyperX and HyperX Blu, except the price. If you've always wanted Kingston's HyperX memory but couldn't justify the cost, HyperX Blu might just be the right kit for you."

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NZXT Phantom Full-Tower Case PHAN-001BK @ Benchmark Reviews
"NZXT took the wraps off its newest Crafted Series case last month and, when it becomes available this September, the NZXT Phantom promises to the be an enthusiast favorite. With room for seven fans, a fully integrated fan controller, and an enthusiast-inspired design, it's easy to see why expectations of this case are high. Benchmark Reviews has been provided with an early sample and, hoping it will live up to the hype, we take an in-depth look at the Phantom Full Tower Case (PHAN-001BK) and deliver a verdict on this latest offering from NZXT."

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Thursday, August 12, 2010
Diamond MP1000 Media Wonder Full 1080P HD Player Review @ Legit Reviews
"The Diamond MP1000 Media Wonder HD is a solid addition to the group of players using the Realtek 1073 chipset. The features that it provides is very similar to both the Patriot Box Office and ASUS O!Play. It was very easy to setup on my home wired network. The OS was very similar to the Patriot Box Office with the most obvious difference being the Diamond branding. However, the OS seemed a bit more responsive on the Diamond Media Wonder HD..."

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Wednesday, August 11, 2010
Desktop PC Platform: Killed By Overclocking @ Benchmark Reviews
"Enthusiasts have lost sight of the original purpose behind overclocking, which was made popular because it could make something slow become fast, thereby getting something more for your money. Then at some point the computer industry went from asking consumers to pay more for the faster products, to demanding you pay more for products you might be able to make faster. This article will focus on one of the lesser-known threats to the desktop PC platform: overclocking."

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Palit GeForce GTX 460 Sonic Platinum 1 GB @ techPowerUp
"Running at 800 MHz GPU and 1000 MHz memory, Palit's GTX 460 Sonic Platinum is one of the highest clocked GTX 460 cards out there. It also comes with 1 GB of GDDR5 memory which can provide a performance boost over the 768 MB variants too. Being priced at reasonable $249 this card looks like a good alternative to a reference design purchase."

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GIGABYTE GO OC 2010 - North America - L.A. @ Bjorn3D
"This weekend, in a small suburb of Los Angeles called the City of Industry, Twelve of the finest minds in overclocking faced off at the Pacific Palms hotel for two coveted prizes: a computer system containing some of the finest custom-built brand name hardware, and the chance to participate in the GO OC Finals in Taipei this September."

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MSI N460GTX Cyclone 1GD5/OC Video Card @ Benchmark Reviews
"There is no doubt that the NVIDIA GTX 460 has created quite a splash since its introduction. The reconfigured Fermi architecture of the new GF104 chip gives the card a welcome boost in gaming performance, compared to the first GPUs in the series. With 1/3 fewer transistors to feed, the board uses much less power, runs cooler, and it overclocks well with just air cooling. With that kind of capability baked into the basic design, it didn't take long for NVIDIA's partners to start releasing overclocked editions with advanced cooling hardware. MSI has taken on the challenge, and released one of their custom designs under the Cyclone banner. Benchmark Reviews can't resist a good HSF assembly; that much should be obvious to long term readers. So here we are with a detailed review of the MSI N460GTX Cyclone 1GD5/OC video card."

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Tuesday, August 10, 2010
Desktop PC Platform: Fears and Predictions @ Benchmark Reviews
"Benchmark Reviews is a consumer technology website that tests gadgets of all types, but maintains a focus on desktop computer components. To this end, we collectively follow certain market trends more than others. Over the past few years, I've personally watched certain technologies such as mobile devices grow ripe on the vine while others like cellular broadband have withered. Yet, regardless of focus, one particular concept has continually ruled the industry: more for less. To some degree this moniker shaped the birth of desktop PCs, but may also very well become the death of it..."

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Head-Direct HiFiMAN RE-ZERO In-ears @ techPowerUp
"Head-Direct's first ever balanced set of in-ears gets put to the test. Dubbed the RE-ZEROs they are essentially a limited run of a highly modified RE0 design. Dressed in a new color with a TRRS mini-jack and a slightly altered bundle these new in-ears should work well for the audio enthusiast."

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ASRock 880G Extreme3 & 890FX Deluxe3
"Last week we examined the ATI Radeon HD 4250 integrated graphics performance found with the AMD 880G chipset introduced a few months back. We found the performance of the 880G IGP to be not that different from the higher-end AMD 890GX chipset when using the proprietary Catalyst driver, but today we are looking more at the 880G chipset along with the 890FX chipset as we review the ASRock 880G Extreme3 and ASRock 890FX Deluxe3, respectively. Both low-cost motherboards offer USB 3.0, SATA 3.0, and eSATA3 connectivity, and Turbo UCC overclocking, among other features."

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Patriot Viper II Sector 5 2400MHz 4GB Kit (PVV34G2400C9K) @ Bjorn3D
"Known for high frequencies and tall heat spreaders, Patriot's extreme performance line of memory are an overclocker's dream. The Viper II Sector 5 series from Patriot uses high quality sorted IC's and go through plenty of testing before being shipped out for purchasing. In other words, you can expect high quality performance even under extreme overclocking conditions."

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Kingwin ATK-35U3-BK USB 3.0 Hard Drive Enclosure Review @ Tweaknews
"The ATK-35U3-BK from Kingwin is a well-constructed USB 3.0 enclosure that makes file transfers to an external drive a blazing fast process. The unit features pleasing aesthetics, silent operation, and the slim design makes it easy to toss in a bag and carry with you."

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Monday, August 9, 2010
SilverStone SST-AP181 Air Penetrator Fan @ Benchmark Reviews
"Along with the innovation in computer case design comes an increasing number of new fan designs. Manufacturers try to tune noise and performance with tweaks to rotational speed, blade design, and even grill and fan chassis alterations, giving the enthusiast a broad selection of fans with differing acoustic and airflow levels. SilverStone Technology has introduced a new version of the giant 180mm fans used in their "vertical motherboard" chassis series (the Raven RV01, Raven RV02, and Fortress FT02): the SilverStone SST-AP181 Air Penetrator fan. Benchmark Reviews compares the performance of this new fan to the stock fans in a Fortress FT02 case to see if the extra performance justifies their price."

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Original SinnerErr Slider @ ThinkComputers.org
"“Sometimes the Mobile division of ThinkComputers likes to look back at where things all started. At one point in time, through everyone’s cell phone journey, we’ve all experienced a “slide” phone. So of us fell in love, and some of us never looked back once we moved on. But sometimes you have to ponder… what phone was the phone to start the slide craze that seems to still be prominent today?"

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Arctic Sound E352 Wood Enclosed Headphone Review @ Legit Reviews
"The Arctic Sound E352 headphones were great to try out as you never know what you are going to get with you listen to a pair of speakers that you have never listened to. The very first second that we used the E352's we noticed how comfortable they were to wear. During the review of these we used them for a flight from St. Louis to Los Angeles and they were easy on the ears even when using then the vast majority of the 3 hour 30 minute non-stop flight out there. This is good thing as no matter how good a pair of ear buds are, if they don't feel good to wear you won't use them. Arctic Sound E352's are comfortable, so no worries there..."

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ASUS ENGTX460 DirectCU TOP/2DI/1GD5 @ Benchmark Reviews
"Benchmark Reviews was stunned to see NVIDIA's mid-range GeForce GTX 460 graphics solution dominate the price point and threaten high-performance products. Our tests have concluded that both the 768MB and 1GB version can offer great gaming performance, and outstanding overclock headroom. Combined into a SLI set, two stock GeForce GTX 460's compete with the Radeon HD 5870. In this article, Benchmark Reviews takes the highly overclocked ASUS ENGTX460 DirectCU TOP/2DI/1GD5 video card and compares it against a field of DirectX-11 graphics solutions. If you're after a new video card, this 1GB GeForce GTX 460 could be the best $230 ever spent."

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Friday, August 6, 2010
AMD Radeon HD 4250 880G On Linux
"Back in May we looked at the AMD Radeon HD 4290 integrated graphics Linux performance of the 890GX motherboard chipset found on the MSI 890GXM-G65 and many other motherboards. This ATI Radeon 4290 (890GX) wasn't the most compelling integrated graphics processor we found with its OpenGL performance using the proprietary Catalyst driver being significantly lower than even the cheapest PCI Express graphics cards. X-Video Bitstream Acceleration, the method whereby AMD exposes their UVD2 engine capabilities on Linux, was also rather useless (and to this day still is the case) that makes this an ineffective Linux Home Theater PC too. Since the launch of the 890GX chipset, AMD rolled out the 880G chipset as a less-expensive solution for motherboard vendors and offers a stripped-down graphics processor of what is found in the 890GX and is branded as the ATI Radeon HD 4250. Today we have a few benchmarks of the Radeon HD 4250 (880G) under Linux for your viewing pleasure."

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G.SKILL Phoenix Pro 240 GB SSD @ techPowerUp
"G.SKILL's Phoenix Pro 240 GB offers a huge amount of extremely fast solid-state storage that goes well beyond 'boot drive'. It also features the latest Sandforce SF-1222 controller in a tweaked version that allows up to 50,000 IOPS which is a solid step up from the 20k of the normal consumer version."

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Razer Imperator & Razer Vespula @ Bjorn3D
"Razer is a well known company for all types of gaming peripherals and the quality that they are able to reproduce on all of their new gaming mice for multiple types of games not only shows their consistency, but their genuine care for the consumer."

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Patriot Inferno 100GB SandForce SF-1200 SSD Review @ Legit Reviews
"While the performance of the Patriot Inferno 100GB SSD is nothing we haven't seen from other drives featuring the same SandForce SF-1200 series controller, the inclusion of the adapter plate and generous five year warranty do help make the Patriot Inferno a compelling choice among its competitors. Those that like PC bling will also appreciate its unique styling which definitely makes it stand out in a windowed chassis..."

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Mad Catz Cyborg RAT-7 Laser Gaming Mouse @ Benchmark Reviews
"Precision is a trait that gamers from all walks of life strive to achieve. Having quick reflexes is vital when proving your worth online; your mouse becomes your weapon, and your virtual existence is held in place by the reliability of its performance. When there's a thirst for pixelated blood that needs to be quenched, there's no substitution for quality. Ergonomics, precision, endurance; it all screams one thing: fancy gaming mouse. Mad Catz has provided just the thing in their Cyborg R.A.T. 7!"

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Thursday, August 5, 2010
Cooler Master HAF 932 Black Edition PC Case Review @ Legit Reviews
"All in all, I really like what Cooler Master has done with the HAF 932 Black Edition. They took what was great in the original HAF 932 and improved upon it. Giving it a black interior was a great idea and the paint job on that is just excellent, I can't say any more good things about that. Applying a much bigger side window than the original design gave me mixed feelings. I thought the air flow would be compromised and luckily with the GPU air duct, but the airflow was not compromised in any way..."

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SilverStone Fortress FT02 Computer Case @ Benchmark Reviews
"Some years ago, Intel tried to move beyond the ATX "Advanced Texchnology Extended" motherboard standard with a new design layout called BTX, for "Balanced Technology Extended". One of the main reasons for doing this was to improve the cooling of motherboard components. The new design called for new cases as well, and although a few BTX systems and cases were produced, they never caught on. The ATX standard remains today, albeit with variants like "MATX", "EATX" and "HPTX". But innovation in cooling and case design is hardly dead, as the SilverStone Fortress FT02 cases proves, and Benchmark Reviews checks it out to see if its unique vertical motherboard mounting design has any real-world benefits."

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Wednesday, August 4, 2010
MSI GeForce N460GTX Cyclone 1GD5 Overclocked Video Card Review @ Legit Reviews
"The MSI N4600GTX Cyclone 1GD5 video card was found to be about 6% faster than the NVIDIA GeForce GTX 460 1GB reference card. The MSI N4600GTX Cyclone 1GD5 features a 50MHz boost on the GPU core clock and that was enough to give it the performance boost needed to beat out the reference card in the performance tests that we ran. It was interesting that MSI didn't overclock the 1GB GDDR5 memory chips at all, as other companies are putting slight overclocks on the memory. It really doesn't matter though as we were able to overclock the MSI N4600GTX Cyclone 1GD5 video card all the way up to 915MHz on the core! This is a 240MHz overclock from NVIDIA's reference design and that is rather massive. When overclocked this high the MSI N4600GTX Cyclone 1GD5 is performing faster than a stock clocked GeForce GTX 470 and just behind the Radeon HD 5870 in benchmarks like 3DMark Vantage..."

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HP De-branded 25-inch HD Widescreen LCD Monitor Review @ ThinkComputers.org
"“There are oh so many monitors to choose from these days. Looking for the right monitors that suits your individual needs can be tricky, what with so many different features, styles, and finishes. Today we will be looking at a De-branded HP 25” HD-LCD Monitor. This monitor has some pretty impressive features; one example is a 1920×1080 resolution allowing you to have full 1080p, unlike those fake HD monitors. It’s also packed with a 3ms response time and a contrast ratio of 60,000:1. I for one am very excited to test this Monitor."

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Gigabyte GTX-460 768 MB (GV-N460DS-768I-B) @ Bjorn3D
"With the Nvidia GTX-460 being all the rage in the affordable performance market we've been seeing a lot of them pop up on E-tailer shelves. The blend of affordability and performance makes it the sweet spot for a lot of gaming enthusiasts. Priced in the $199 - $229 price range it fits the performance you crave with a price you can afford."

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Tuesday, August 3, 2010
CM Storm Inferno Laser Gaming Mouse @ Benchmark Reviews
"The last few years have brought a few small evolutions to input peripherals. Most of these have been driven by demands for better ergonomics, greater functionality and improved performance. Cooler Master's CM Storm division is one of a select few who have risen to meet the demand. The newest addition to their line is a laser gaming mouse called the Inferno. Model SGM-4000-KLLN1-GP debuted at CeBit 2010 and is geared for gaming. Many consider the Inferno to be a reduced cost predecessor of the Sentinel, but with the suite of software features and additional buttons it may prove to be a superior replacement. Read on as Benchmark Reviews evaluates the Inferno against the competition."

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Asus EAH5670 HD 5670 1GB Graphics Card Review @ Tweaknews
"As an affordable mainstream videocard, the Asus EAH5670 didn't perform all that bad for its relatively small pricetag. With a full load of 1Gb of DDR5 memory and some excellent core overclocking, Asus' version of the Radeon HD 5670 came in with relatively low expectations and in the end turned out to be a very decent graphics card."

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Arctic Cooling Breeze Mobile Fan @ techPowerUp
"Inadequate cooling is never to be taken lightly in a world that is getting hotter and hotter. Fortunately for all us desk bound gadget lovers Arctic Cooling have realized this and given us the Breeze Mobile."

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Workstation Benchmarks: Windows 7 vs. Ubuntu Linux
"As I alluded to recently, the second round of Windows 7 vs. Linux benchmarks -- with the first round consisting of Is Windows 7 Actually Faster Than Ubuntu 10.04 and Mac OS X vs. Windows 7 vs. Ubuntu benchmarks -- are currently being done atop a Lenovo ThinkPad W510 notebook that is quite popular with business professionals. With the high-end ThinkPad W510 boasting a dual quad-core Intel Core i7 CPU with Hyper-Threading plus a NVIDIA Quadro FX 880M graphics processor, we began this second round of cross-platform benchmarks by running a set of workstation tests. In this article we are mainly looking at the workstation graphics (via SPECViewPerf) performance along with some CPU/disk tests."

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Eagle Tech ET-AR508LR-BK Stereo Speaker @ Bjorn3D
"I found myself spending more time in front of my computer. Not only that I use computer for work and play games, I found myself watching TV shows via Hulu and YouTube and movies. One thing for certain is that whenever I sit in front my computer, I always have the speaker on playing some sort of sound: music, movies, or games."

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Battle of the Carriers and their Phones @ ThinkComputers.org
"“The big 4. In the US these companies represent the cellular provider nearly for 300 million people, at least the ones who have cell phones worth talking about. Each company has boat loads of phones to choose from but with each provider one phone sits alone at the top. Today, we are going to go over the Big 4’s big 4. Some of these phones have been around for awhile but still reign supreme with their respective companies. We’ll give you a brief overview of the phones; the good, the bad, and certainly the ugly but ultimately it’s your call."

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Monday, August 2, 2010
ASUS GeForce GTX 460 SLI Performance @ Benchmark Reviews
"When Benchmark Reviews first tested the video card, we knew that NVIDIA had a winner on their hands. For the mid-range price of $200, gamers can enjoy high-speed frame rates and PhysX enhancements. After some additional investigation, it seemed that the price point offered more than just a successful domination of the rivaling ATI Radeon HD 5830, it also surpassed the more expensive GeForce GTX 465. There are several enthusiast video cards that cost more than the GTX 460, which presents the case for combining two of these video cards into a $400 SLI set. At this price segment the GTX 460 SLI set directly competes against the ATI Radeon HD 5870, but could potentially deliver more performance than ATI's Radeon HD 5970. In this article, Benchmark Reviews compares single and SLI performance for the 768MB GTX 460 against the entire enthusiast graphics card segment."

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Gelid Icy Vision Video Card GPU Cooler Review @ Legit Reviews
"The Gelid Icy Vision video card cooler weighs in at a scant 465g and that is significantly lighter then the water blocks we recently looked at. The Icy Vision has twin 92mm UV reactive fans. The fans push 67.214CFM at 2000 RPM and humming along at a quiet 26dBA, which is a far cry better then the almost 70dBA that we have seen from the stock cooling fan. Looking from the side the Icy Vision is thick, really thick. From the base to the top of the fans is 52mm, or roughly 2 inches. That is .75 inches or 19mm taller than the stock GTX480 cooler.."

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OCZ Agility 2 60GB Solid State Drive Review @ ThinkComputers.org
"“Today we have another SandForce-based solid state drive one the testing block. These new SandForce drives have been flooding the market lately and are bringing incredible speeds with them. Today we will be looking at the 60GB Agility 2 from OCZ; we actually took a look at the original Agility back in October. This 60GB version is part of the extended series which reduces the over provisioning of flash on the drive for more storage capacity. The 60GB size is perfect for anyone looking to get into a solid state drive without dropping a ton of money. Let’s take a look…"

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LiteON iHAS524 24x DVD writer with Label flash Review @ XtremeComputing
"Today I'll be reviewing one of LiteON's latest Optical Disc Drives - the iHAS524 - The 24 x internal DVD/CD writer, which also supports LabelTag. LabelTag is a LiteON owned innovation which allows you to"

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HIS Silence Radeon HD 5570 Videocard Review @ Tweaknews
"HIS's Silence Radeon HD 5570 to be honest is an excellent silent mainstream focused videocard for your quiet PC build. Whether you are just constructing a low noise personal computer or creating a quiet HTPC, this videocard should do everything you need with no sound contribution."

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HTC EVO 4G Andriod SmartPhone @ Benchmark Reviews
"Many companies are clamoring to compete with AT&T's Apple iPhone 4. Verizon has the Blackberry, and Sprint's answer is the HTC EVO 4G Smartphone which uses the Qualcomm Snapdragon processor. Can Sprints' EVO compete to win customers over from the Blackberry and iPhone market? Benchmark Reviews will take a look at how things compare and see if this could be the phone for you... especially if you are a Sprint mobile customer and are looking to upgrade."

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