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Thursday, September 30, 2010
GIGABYTE GO OC 2010 World Wide Final in Taipei @ techPowerUp
"The much anticipated GIGABYTE GO OC 2010 Overclocking World Championship Finals proved to be a spectacular show in the middle of Taipei. With 15 overclockers from around the world gathered, the competition was fierce."

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Crucial 128GB RealSSD C300 2.5" Review @ XtremeComputing
"Personally I've always had a positive view of Crucial as a company - and have bought quite a bit of RAM from them in the past. Additionally, I have always found them to offer good products for great value. Today I'll be looking at the Crucial RealSSD C300 128GB (with O/S Transfer kit). Let's see if it fits with my previous experience of offering good value for money."

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Arctic Cooling Arctic M551 Laser Gaming Mouse Review @ ThinkComputers.org
"“I have to be honest, when I agreed to review two mice for Bob the thought never occurred to me that they would be from Arctic Cooling, a company known for, well cooling products. I have owned several of their cooling products over the years and have never been disappointed, so I was looking forward to see how they would translate that experience into a mouse. They have released two mice that are geared to “professional gamers and experienced users”, the Artic M551 and Artic M571. Today we will be putting the Artic M551 through its paces."

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Wednesday, September 29, 2010
G.Skill Trident 2000 MHz DDR3 CL9 8GB Kit @ techPowerUp
"The G.Skill 8 GB 2000 MHz kit manages to offer high capacity, nicely packaged within tall and solid heatspreaders. The active cooling bracket lights up blue and we push the memory & test bench to the limit to see what this kit is capable of."

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Mionix Naos 5000 Gaming Mouse @ Bjorn3D
"Mionix is a Swedish company that recently has entered the crowded market of gaming peripherals, with products like gaming mice, headphones, and mousepads. Today we are testing their flagship product: the Mionix Naos 5000 gaming mouse. With features like a 5040 dpi laser sensor, 128 KB inbuilt memory for macros and 7 programmable buttons, it appears Mionix is rearing to butt heads with companies like Razer and Logitech. Does it work? Read on to find out."

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NZXT HALE90 750W Power Supply Review @ ThinkComputers.org
"“It has been quite a while since we have seen a power supply from NZXT. Well they really have stepped things up with their latest line of power supplies called the HALE90 Series. Each of these power supplies features an 80PLUS Gold certification meaning they will run at least 87% efficient between 20% and 100% load and 90% efficient at 50% load. These power supplies also features a single +12V rail design, a 140mm fan, modular cables, and much more. Today we will be looking at the 750W version, which retails for $159.99."

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2500MHz Patriot Viper-II Sector-5 Memory Kit @ Benchmark Reviews
"As if 2133MHz were not enough for a high-performance kit, there are some brands pushing the limits to the max in the memory section. Just about 6 months ago, some brands released 2200MHz kits, followed by 2400MHz and finally 2500MHz kits specially targeted at high-end enthusiasts and overclockers. The kit we are reviewing today is one of the fastest kits available in the market, and the fastest kit ever tested at Benchmark Reviews. The Patriot Viper II 'Sector 5' Edition is a 2500MHz 4GB kit, running with high binned ICs, and according to Patriot's homepage, this kit works with LGA 1156 Core i7 CPUs and possibly nothing else at the moment of writing this revision. Join Benchmark Reviews in a trip to discover how far we can push this kit, and analyze system's performance with extremely high frequencies."

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Tuesday, September 28, 2010
Antec LanBoy Air Modular Full Tower Case Review
"Antec has been known for great cases over the years, and the LanBoy Air is another in a long line. The case is well built, well thought out, and unlike most cases you can change it with a little time and a Phillips screw driver. The overall design of the LanBoy Air is very well thought out. In moving parts around I never had a situation arise that the holes didn't line up or something didn't fit. The Antec LanBoy Air is available for $219.95; for that price you get case that is very customizable and has room for the biggest hardware available at this time. If you want to customize a case but don't have a lot of tools or the skill, then give the LanBoy Air a good look because you just need a little time and a screw driver..."

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DeepCool Killer Whale CPU Cooler Review @ Tweaknews
"DEEPCOOL, with their latest coolers offering top tier performance, is really looking to be a worthy adversary in the cpu cooling industry. The Killer Whale really shined during testing and beat out most of the coolers that I had on hand to test against it."

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Thermaltake Mobile Fan 12 Review @ ThinkComputers.org
"“Have you ever been working at your computer or laptop and felt a little hot? Being hot and uncomfortable makes working hard and you are less productive. I’ve had this happen to me on numerous occasions. Thermaltake has just the thing for this problem; they call it the Mobile Fan 12. It is a 12cm fan that sits on your desk and is powered by USB; there is even a speed control knob. Let’s take a look and see if this product is worth the $19.99 price tag."

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Monday, September 27, 2010
NVIDIA 3D-Vision Multimedia Resource Guide @ Benchmark Reviews
"While the path towards widespread 3D acceptance has been long and difficult, we've arrived at a market rich with 3D innovation. Cinema 3D movies are showing in theaters across America, major sporting events are broadcast in 3D, and now 3D-HDTVs are a sought-after item. Many would credit NVIDIA's 3D-Vision technology for being the catalyst that launched a new era of visual entertainment, and in this article Benchmark Reviews presents our NVIDIA 3D-Vision Multimedia Resource Guide. Video games are a primary part of this article, and we'll share tips on optimizing convergence settings to produce eye-popping out-of-screen 3D effects. NVIDIA's 3D-Vision kit is capable of much more than video games, which is why we also offer sections on 3D video multimedia, 3D Blu-Ray Disc movies, 3D photos, and Sony's PlayStation 3."

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WD Scorpio Black 500GB Notebook Hard Drive Review @ Legit Reviews
"Today, we'll be looking at a the WD Scorpio Black WD5000BEKT 500GB 7200 RPM 2.5"

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World-Exclusive: Lian Li PC-Q11 Mini-ITX @ techPowerUp
"The PC-Q11 manages to swallow a full size ATX power supply, standard optical drive and four hard drives while still looking as slim as today's runway models. The mini-ITX chassis is the successor of the Lian-Li Q07, growing slightly taller but managing to impress with a good list of new features. We peel it apart and stuff it full of hardware to see if it bursts apart or manages to keep its posture."

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Palit GTS 450 Sonic Platinum @ Bjorn3D
"With the success of the GF104, Nvidia is ready to bring all of their entire graphic cards lineups to DirectX 11 support. Up until now, the only entry-level DirectX 11 card on the market was the AMD such as the HD 5770. Nine months later, Nvidia released the GTS 450 based on GF106, a trimmed GF104. How does it stand up against the competition? Is it worth upgrading an existing DX 10 card to the GTS 450?"

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Corsair A70 Performance CPU Cooler Review @ ThinkComputers.org
"“Corsair is a company known for their memory, but recently they have gotten into the CPU cooler market and have created a great series of cooling, both air and water-cooled. Today we have the opportunity to check out Corsairs top performing air cooler, the Corsair A70. About a month ago we had the chance to check out their other air cooler, the A50. How well will they perform against each other? Read on further to find out."

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Sunday, September 26, 2010
MSI N460GTX HAWK GeForce GTX 460 @ Benchmark Reviews
"The slew of NVIDIA GTX 460 video cards that hit the market in the last month was impressive. Everybody wanted as much of the pie as they could get, which was not surprising given the level of performance that the GTX460 offers for the cost. On almost every level, the GTX 460 was a game-changer for Fermi. Some vendors weren't satisfied with putting a label on the reference design, and MSI is one of them. The N460GTX HAWK that Benchmark Reviews is looking at today is a brand new board design with advanced features no one else can match. They also adapted their Twin Frozr II cooling design for the HAWK, and bumped up the heatpipe count to four. To top it all off, the new version of MSI Afterburner can control voltage levels for three diferent subsystems. This could be the GTX460 that all the hard core overclockers have been waiting for."

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Friday, September 24, 2010
CM Inferno and QPAD Q5 Gaming Mice reviewed in Metku.net
"Two mice that are aimed towards gamers but still for different kinds of games. See which one if the best for your use!"

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ECS GeForce GTX 460 1GB Black Video Card Review
"The ECS GeForce GTX 460 1GB Black video card is a fun little card with the solid price/performance ratio from the GTX 460 series cards with an ultra efficient heatsink and a hefty factory overclock. When overclocked up to a 900 MHz core speed the GTX 460 1GB begins to close in on the performance of a GTX 470 (the factory overclock itself puts it above the GTX 465) and well above cards from the Radeon side of the fence for a lower price. The heatsink uses 92mm fans (with unrestrictive aluminum fins and a plastic shroud) which are dead silent at an idle state and not audible over even just the pump from the Corsair H50..."

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The $0.01 iPhone 4 Case @ ThinkComputers.org
"“It’s not often we find something we can truly say is a deal. Well a couple of weeks ago I saw someone post on my Twitter feed about ordering an iPhone 4 case for only $0.01. I was interested so I followed the link and it brought me to DefaultCase. And sure enough they were selling iPhone 4 cases for only $0.01! The cases come in 9 different colors and are the iPhone 4 cases designed to help call quality."

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Asus GTX-460 TOP @ Bjorn3D
"Asus released their GTX-460 TOP, one of their many performance model video cards. Using the new Fermi design, the Asus GTX-460 TOP is definitely innovative. Our initial impression of this card was great, but the true performance of this card has yet to be judged."

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Hitachi LifeStudio Mobile Plus External Drive @ Benchmark Review
"Hard drive capacities are expanding so fast it is easy to think, "Who actually uses a whole terabyte!?" But as storage space increases, so does the demand for fatter content. Managing even a gigabyte of files can be a cumbersome task, just imagine what it will be like to corral 1000 times that many files. "Where did that file just get saved?" To address this growing problem Hitachi Global Storage Technologies has evolved the portable hard drive by marrying the hardware with built-in content management software. Benchmark Reviews got hold of a 500 GB version of one of these new drives. Model HLSMPUA5001ABB is part of the LifeStudio Mobile Plus series and geared towards small and large storage portability. Benchmark Reviews will analyze this new breed of storage technology to see what the LifeStudio line has to offer."

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Thursday, September 23, 2010
Cooler Master V6GT @ techPowerUp
"Falling next in line in the footsteps of its predecessors such as the V8 and V10 coolers, the V6GT aims high to be the cooler everyone wants. With unique features such as "tilted asymmetrical fin design", "DynaLoop bearing technology" and unique "Double-V" heat-pipe setup will the V6GT live up to its expectations?"

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Genaudio AstoundSound Audio Expander 3.0 Review @ Legit Reviews
"Astoundsound Expander processes a single output of audio, and if you happen to have more than one output it allows you to choose the output you wish to use. It is much simpler to use than the SRS Labs' HD Audio Lab; basically, all you really have to do is install it and it sits in your system tray and processes the audio. But please don't take"

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Asus RT-N13U Wireless-N Internet Router Review @ Tweaknews
"Wireless connections are reliable and the range turned out to be better than I expected, and the interface has a fantastic layout with lots of features for the price."

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Cougar SX850 850W Power Supply Review @ ThinkComputers.org
"“If you are looking for a power supply Cougar is a brand you probably would not look at let alone even hear of. Cougar is a division of HEC Compucase and manufacturers power supplies and cases. They actually make quite a few different power supplies. Today we will take a look at the SX850, which is an 850W 80PLUS Silver certified power supply. This power supply also features a really cool design, modular cables, 140mm fan, rapid switch technology, and 105C Japanese Capacitors. Let’s take a look at the SX850 and see if it is the perfect power supply for your new build!"

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Wednesday, September 22, 2010
Thermaltake Armor A60 Computer Case @ Benchmark Reviews
"Not much is able to be changed within an enclosure in order to make it innovative. Generic functionality such as more fans, a different design, and flashier lights seem to be added with the creation of every new case released. Thermaltake, however, has noticed this trend, and has opted to go away from the norm by including "the world's first SideClick EasySwap design" within their latest case, the Thermaltake Armor A60 (VM20001W2Z). Join Benchmark Reviews as we review Thermaltake's latest case."

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Thermaltake Armor A60 Mid Tower Case Review @ Legit Reviews
"With the looks of a true fragging war machine and an interior spacious enough to house most modern components the Thermaltake Armor A60 is definitely worth every penny of its $89.99 price tag, and those spent pennies also include a 3 year warranty. The combination of the mesh, plastic and steel of the Armor A60 makes this a case that will fit in with any decor and will definitely make you stand out at a LAN. With an almost tool less interior, installing components is easy and hassle free... well, except for when you get to the part where you have to..."

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EDITED TYPO: Gigabyte GTX 470 Super Overclock@Bjorn3D
"In this competitive market, the most well performing card wins, and these cards often come at a steep price. Even upgrading can be expensive. To help bridge the gap between two cards, we can take a lower end card and overclock it. For users who cannot or do not wish to tinker with their card's clock speeds, GIGABYTE is now offering an overclocked edition of the popular and powerful GTX 470. The step up to a GTX 480 can cost as much as $200, depending on the manufacturer or memory size chosen. This GTX 470 of course costs more than a normal 470, but it is still much cheaper than a 480."

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Gigabye GTX 470 Super Overclock @ Bjorn3D
"In this competitive market, the most well performing card wins, and these cards often come at a steep price. Even upgrading can be expensive. To help bridge the gap between two cards, we can take a lower end card and overclock it. For users who cannot or do not wish to tinker with their card's clock speeds, GIGABYTE is now offering an overclocked edition of the popular and powerful GTX 470. The step up to a GTX 480 can cost as much as $200, depending on the manufacturer or memory size chosen. This GTX 470 of course costs more than a normal 470, but it is still much cheaper than a 480."

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HIS HD 5570 Low Profile VideoCard Review @ Tweaknews
"The HIS HD 5570 low profile accomplishes filling a void often left by other manufacturers who don't focus on HTPC videocards in their product lineup. Physically, there is nothing I can really pick out to be a fault for this videocard. The only thing I can mention as a disadvantage is the price."

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Evercool Hawk 1 Notebook Cooler Review @ ThinkComputers.org
"“Today we are going to take a look at the Evercool Hawk 1 notebook cooler. Heat in a computer is its number one enemy. The only way to counteract this heat in laptops is to make sure that good airflow is available by making sure vents are not being covered up by anything. This however doesn’t always cut it for some laptops. Overheating can still occur due to higher operations being done on laptops with higher end processing taking place such as gaming. This is where Evercool’s Hawk 1 steps in."

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OCZ RevoDrive PCI-Express RAID-0 SSD @ Benchmark Reviews
"Storage standards and bandwidth aside, it's understandable why SSDs were developed on a drive profile first: notebook and desktop hard disk drive upgrades offered a tremendous user-base. Unfortunately, SSDs were introduced with premium prices that rendered many consumers numb with sticker shock. As the technology became more prevalent, prices have also become more affordable and power-users have embraced the performance SSDs are known to offer. Now the market is ready for the next step: high-performance PCI-Express SSDs built for hardware enthusiasts. Enter the OCZ RevoDrive PCI-E SSD. In this article, Benchmark Reviews tests the 120GB OCZ RevoDrive SSD (model OCZSSDPX-1RVD0120) against the fastest storage solutions on the market."

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Tuesday, September 21, 2010
Direct3D 10/11 Is Now Natively Implemented On Linux!
"It's a pity Luca Barbieri or any Mesa / Gallium3D developers are not at Oktoberfest as they are deserving of more than a few Maß of Augustiner. In fact, today a new Gallium3D state tracker was pushed into Mesa and it's perhaps the most interesting state tracker for this open-source graphics driver architecture yet. It's a state tracker that exposes Microsoft's DirectX 10/11 API on Linux! And it's already working and can be hooked into Wine!"

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Choiix Cruiser 2.4GHz Wireless Mouse Review @ ThinkComputers.org
"“If you are anything like me then you absolutely cannot not use your laptop’s track pad to do any sort of work. Even if you are not like me using a mouse with a laptop is a lot more comfortable. Well our friends from Choiix may have the perfect portable mouse for you. The Choiix Cruiser is a 2.4 GHz wireless mouse that is small and can be used on pretty much any surface, which makes it perfect for laptop users that are on the go. Read on to check it out!"

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Kingston DataTraveler Ultimate 64GB USB 3.0 Flash Drive Review @ Legit Reviews
"The Kingston DataTraveler Ultimate 3.0 64GB Flash drive is certainly the fastest USB Flash drive that we have ever seen Kingston bring to the market. The move to SuperSpeed USB 3.0 is certainly a welcomed addition to the market and we are very happy to see Kingston enter the USB 3.0 market for the very first time. As more companies enter the USB 3.0 market space it is only to increase competition and that, in turn, drives innovation up and usually pricing down. We hope this will be just the first of many more USB 3.0 products that we see from Kingston this year..."

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AMD Phenom-II X2-560BE Processor @ Benchmark Reviews
"With the release of the Deneb based quad core processors known as the Phenom II series, AMD started to grab a nice share of the mid-range and higher market share by offering quad-core processors for quite a bit less than the competition. Back in June of 2009, Benchmark Reviews was there when AMD started a new trend with Deneb based processors that didn't quite meet the rigorous standards of testing on all four cores. Rather than tossing the processors that had two or three cores that still functioned perfectly, AMD decided to turn off the bad cores and release them as much less expensive dual and triple-core processors. The dual-core versions got a couple of extra perks as well. For one, the price was enticing at $99. For another, the processors were Black Editions, meaning they had unlocked multipliers for easier overclocking. The first black edition dual-core Phenom-II to hit the market was the X2-550BE. Just over a year later and 200MHz faster, AMD is releasing the Phenom-II X2-560BE at 3.3GHz with the same promise, to give would-be overclockers and enthusiasts the opportunity to toy around without spending a bundle. In this article, Benchmark Reviews is bringing you the details on the X2-560BE. The new dual-core's unlocked multiplier will be pushed to the limit and we will see how it measures up to the competition."

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AMD Athlon-II X4-645 Processor @ Benchmark Reviews
"With each new release of an Athlon-II processor, AMD reasserts its control on the entry-level market by providing another great quality CPU at a very affordable price. The release of the Athlon-II X4-645 ADX645WFK42GM quad-core processor is no different. At 3.1GHz, the X4-645 becomes the fastest Athlon-II quad-core processor on the market. Similar to previous Athlon-II X4 series release, the release of the X4-645 will also push the price of its predecessor, the X4-640 to under $100, making quad-core processing at 3.0GHz an affordable option for many users. Benchmark Reviews as been there for the release of many of the most recent Athlon-II and Phenom-II processors and we wouldn't miss the chance to bring you the test results on the latest Athlon-II quad-core release. In this article, Benchmark Reviews has prepared an in-depth look as the Athlon-II X4-645 ADX645WFK42GM quad-core processor and compares it to a wide-variety of other processors on the market. Dive in for the latest results on AMD's flagship Athlon-II quad-core."

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AMD Phenom-II X6-1075T Processor @ Benchmark Reviews
"AMD is introducing several new processors, filling out holes in the low-to-mid-range of their desktop AM3 product line. The 6-core Phenom II X6 1075T HDT75TFBK6DGR slots neatly in between the $199 2.8GHz 1050T and the $299 3.2GHz 1090T Black Edition with a clock speed of 3.0GHz and a lower-than-expected price of $239.00. Like its six-core stablemates, the 1075T uses Turbo Core technology to boost its clock speed from 3.0 to 3.5GHz (which is just 100MHz shy of the 1090T's Turbo Core speed) when three or fewer cores are in use. Benchmark Reviews tests the new 1075T against a collection of Intel and AMD processors in gaming and computing performance."

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AMD Athlon II X4 645 3.10 GHz @ techPowerUp
"What started out as the first quad core processor under $ 100, has evolved into a powerful and very affordable all round performer. AMD's newest addition to the Athlon II Series, the quad core Athlon II X4 645 is stepping over the 3 GHz mark, clocking at impressive 3.10 GHz."

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Monday, September 20, 2010
Phenom II X4 970 BE 3.50 GHz @ techPowerUp
"Although frequency wars between AMD and Intel are long gone, this could be the day for the history books at AMD, as they let loose their fastest clocked retail processor. Based on the well known Deneb quad core, Phenom II X4 970 BE is clocked at 3.50 GHz and its goal is to refresh the upper end of AMD's offerings, replacing older X4 965 BE model but keeping the same price point and adding more pressure to Intel's Core i5 Series."

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Arctic Accelero Xtreme 5970 @ Bjorn3D
"Anyone with an ATI 5970 knows by now that the card can begin to run very hot if it is not properly ventilated. This heat will only be compounded if the card is overclocked. Even for users running their cards at stock clocks, a very long gaming session can leave the card running desperately hot, ultimately leading it to an early grave. To counteract noise concerns, but still keep the cards running cool, Arctic has come up with a cooler for the 5970 that dissipates more heat than the 5970's stock cooler, even though Arctic's claim of heat removal is less than that stated by ATI's reference cooler. We will investigate if the Arctic Accelero Xtreme 5970 has what it takes to keep our 5970 cooler than the reference heat sink."

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Inno3D nVidia GTS450 iChill FreezerXSeries Review @ XtremeComputing
"I was pleasantly surprised to find I could push the core all the way upto 950MHZ! That is a whopping 170mhz extra from the reference design, or 130mhz on top of Inno3D's stock overclock. Clearly Inno3D has done something to keep the core stable and cool - even at high clocks. Meanwhile, I raised the ram to 2100mhz - a good 500mhz leap from reference clocks, and an additional 300mhz compared to Inno3D's clock. Temperatures didn't seem to change much at all with this overclock (as no extra voltage was applied)."

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Antec Dark Fleet DF-35 Mid Tower Case Review @ ThinkComputers.org
"“Earlier this year Antec announced its Dark Fleet case series. It included four different cases, the DF-85 a full tower chassis and three mid tower chassis’s: DF-35, DF-30 and DF-10. Designed to fit the latest components and support the latest technologies. Antec’s introduced two new features with this case line. The first “Fleet-Release” which gains easy access to the hard drive cage, which brings us on to the second feature “Fleet-Swap”, a set of hot swappable drive bays which can be moved up and down the hard drive cage. Read on further to see the many other unique features to this case."

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Corsair HS1 USB Circumaural Gaming Headset Review @ Legit Reviews
"We found the Corsair HS1 USB Gaming Headset to have an excellent build quality and rather good sound quality for a company that is just getting into audio products for the very first time. The 50mm drivers and the enclosed ear cups offer great mid-range tones and, to our surprise, high-range tones didn't sound half bad either. The biggest shock to us was that the high-range sounded pretty darn good on the HS1 headset and listening to music on them was a great experience on any music where you have crisp vocals. We thought the 50mm drivers would be bass heavy, but..."

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Sunday, September 19, 2010
Corsair Obsidian 700D Full-Tower Case @ Benchmark Reviews
"Corsair is a widely known brand in the market thanks to its memory kits. However, since 2009, Corsair started entering new grounds like CPU cooling and PC cases. Those actions resulted in a very appealing Full Tower PC case; the Obsidian 800D, which won lots of awards in different countries because it presented tons of interesting features for high-end users. Of course, those features imply higher costs and therefore, the case is limited to high-end users only. In an attempt to bring a new contender and reduce prices, Corsair released the Obsidian 700D. The CC700D is quite similar to the 800D, but the side-panel window has been removed along with the hot-swappable drives bays, shaving $15 from the final price. Benchmark Reviews tests the Corsair Obsidian 700D Full-Tower Case to check if those removed features haven't diminished functionality and overall performance, and we'll see if it's worth saving $15 and get the 700D against the 800D."

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Thermaltake Mobile Fan 12 USB Desktop Fan Review @ Tweaknews
"Thermaltake's Mobile Fan 12 seems to be a product in search of a purpose, from my perspective anyway. It's actually quite well done and functions as it should, but I just don't see the need for it, and I imagine it will wreak havoc with a laptop battery's charge."

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HIS HD5870 iCooler V Turbo 1GB Graphics Card reviewed in Metku.net
"The 5870 has been on the markets for a good while already, so manufacturers have had time to modify their versions of the card. This time HIS was kind enough to send us their version of the HD5870 iCooler V Turbo."

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Friday, September 17, 2010
Antec LanBoard Review @ ThinkComputers.org
"“One of the most frustrating things about going to a B.Y.O.C. (Bring your own computer) LAN event is having to carry your system from the car to the setup area. This can be particularly exhausting if the setup area is a great distance away from the entrance to the building, a prime example, PAX Prime 2010 in Seattle, with the BYOC up on the 6th level of the convention. Trying to carry my system on my shoulder and my monitor in the other hand was a most exhausting experience, not to mention uncomfortable as it was a very warm day and left me sweating for a good 20 minutes after reaching the line. Today I take a look at the solution to my problems, the Antec Lanboard. While wandering around PAX, I stopped by the Antec booth and saw this item sitting on display, instantly knowing I had to try it out. As soon as I got home and set up my computer, I was on Antec’s website ordering this to my doorstep."

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AMD Phenom II X6 1055T Processor Performance Review @ Legit Reviews
"When the AMD Hex-core processors first came out we were able to take a look at the flagship processor, the AMD Phenom II X6 1090T. We also downclocked the AMD Phenom II X6 1090T to the speeds of the AMD Phenom II X6 1055T. Now that the dust has settled we have managed to get our grubby little hands on an actual AMD Phenom II X6 1055T we can put it through the paces and see how she'll do. The AMD Phenom II X6 1055T is a 2.8GHz hex-core processor that features AMD Turbo CORE technology which is currently only available on the new"

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Gigabyte X58A-UD7 Review @ Bjorn3D
"Considering that the UD7 is one of the top model motherboards in the Intel platform socket LGA1366, it makes sense for it to be priced at around $340. It is not the overall price that causes concern, but the price disparity between the UD7 and its predecessor, the UD5. The UD5, with an MSRP of $290, also comes with 16 Phase Power, 2x Gigabit LAN, and Unlocked Power features. The only big difference between the two is the cooling solution used in the UD7. The UD7 comes with the Silent-Pipe 2 cooling solution, which we will examine closely in the following pages. It includes not only an extra heatpipe cooler that attaches to North Bridge heatsink, but also an extra water cooling block that can replace the stock heatsink. Similarly, the UD3R, which is about $210, uses 12 Phase Power, no full heatpipe cooling solution, 1X Gigabit LAN, and no Unlocked Power features. From these differences in price, we can infer that the UD7 is specifically designed for gamers and overclocking en!"

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NVIDIA APEX PhysX: CPU vs GPU Efficiency @ Benchmark Reviews
"Gamers might rely on NVIDIA's hardware for its superior graphical processing power and affordable price point, but it's their gaming technologies that have helped deliver the market share. NVIDIA's "The Way It's Meant to be Played" is a trademarked slogan denoting a direct involvement in software development as much as they focus on hardware. When the Ageia PhysX software physics technology was purchased back in early 2008, that commitment sharpened NVIDIA growing double-edge sword. In this article, Benchmark Reviews will demonstrate how far PhysX technology has come using the recently-released Mafia II video game, which introduces NVIDIA APEX PhysX and GeForce 3D-Vision technology enhancements. While adding PhysX support to a video game is nothing new for NVIDIA, allowing APEX PhysX features to be computed by the computer's central processor is new territory. For this NVIDIA APEX PhysX: CPU vs GPU Efficiency demonstration, our tests compare GeForce and Radeon GPU's against the Intel Core i7 CPU."

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Thursday, September 16, 2010
Seagate FreeAgent GoFlex TV HD Media Player Review @ Legit Reviews
"We really didn’t know what to expect from this 3rd-Generation media player from Seagate, but the FreeAgent GoFlex TV performed above our expectations. Even though this player is based on a chipset that is a year old (as are most HD Media Players on the market), the GoFlex TV was actually faster and “snappier” than its older brother, the FreeAgent Theater+. We have to give it up to the Seagate programmers for making a firmware that unleashes more speed. Browsing through long files is not a big of a hassle as it once used to be. When you compare this incarnation of the Realtek chipset to that of the popular Sigma, the Realtek with Seagate firmware comes out on top..."

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Antec DF-85 Dark Fleet Case Review @ Tweaknews
"So, is Antec's Dark Fleet DF-85 chassis a worthy addition to their impressive line of gaming cases? If cooling and configuration options are the benchmarks we're looking at, it just may be. With seven case fans included (five 120's and a couple of 140mm top fans) and a distinctive look incorporating a chevron side window, uniform black finish inside and out and the front “Fleet Release” doors, the DF-85 brings a lot to the table in both performance and aesthetics."

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Star Wars Stormtrooper 2GB Mimobot Review @ ThinkComputers.org
"“Designer flash drives have been around for quite a while and Mimobot has been one of the top names when it comes to cool designer flash drives. They have quite a few cool flash drives that have their own interesting designs. Their line of licensed flash drives includes Hello Kitty, Star Wars, Halo, Domo, and Happy Tree Friends. Of course when they asked us if we wanted to review a drive we picked Star Wars. They were nice enough to send us their Stormtrooper Unmasked 2GB drive. It is called Unmasked because you have a 50/50 change of receiving Han or Luke. Read on to see which drive we received!"

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Wednesday, September 15, 2010
Choosing the Best LCD Panel Technology @ Benchmark Reviews
"It's a well-known fact that nearly all consumers purchase their monitor based on size and price alone. Like everything we shop for, it is human instinct to get as much as possible for as little as possible. So why should we bother ourselves with the details, and what difference could it possibly make? Most people aren't even aware of the different construction processes used to produce the widescreen monitor that rests on their desks. Benchmark Reviews explores the various LCD monitor technologies used by manufacturers to produce computer monitors, and matches application to architecture for our readers."

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IDF 2010: Sandy Bridge Revealed @ Bjorn3D
"This year, at the Intel Developer Forum, the industry giant revealed their new Sandy Bridge microarchitecture. Sandy Bridge is a “second generation 32 nm based microprocessor with on-processor graphics,” said Steve Smith, VP and Director of PC Client Operations. This “visually smart architecture,” as Smith termed it, will make the job of video producers and editors much easier. According to the Intel blog, the Sandy Bridge processor is meant to focus on “the areas where most users are computing today: HD video, 3-D, mainstream gaming, multi-tasking, and online socializing and multimedia.” Opher Kahn, a Senior Principal Engineer, said that the integration of graphics, cores and memory would bring a new level of performance."

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Corsair Graphite Series 600T Mid-Tower PC Case Review @ Legit Reviews
"Corsair says right on the box for the Graphite 600T, “Brilliant design, inside and out” and I pretty much have to agree. I’m looking at the Graphite 600T like it is the Obsidian 700D and 800D's sexy sister in the little black dress and curves in all the right places. It just looks great, tons of room and super easy to work with. The paint and finish of the Graphite 600T has a great look to it, and it resisted finger prints rather well. Also being able to lift and maneuver the Graphite 600T by the lips on the front and rear bezels is nice. It’s a natural grabbing point and the bezels are strong so no worries of ripping one off the chassis..."

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JH AUDIO JH|16Pro Custom In-ears @ techPowerUp
"High end in-ear manufacturer JH AUDIO recently launched a new top-of-the-line in-ear dubbed the JH|16Pro. Featuring a grand total of eight drivers per in-ear these set the benchmark when it comes to cramming a lot of balanced armatures into one set of in-ears, retailing at $1,200. This brings forth the old question of whether more really is better, read on to find out."

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ASUS M4A89GTD Pro/USB3 AMD 890GX Socket AM3 Motherboard Review @ ThinkComputers.org
"“If you didn’t know, AMD and partners market and sell the “GX” and “G” series motherboards as economy boards. They differ from the FX in that they have integrated graphics, but they are fully capable of running discrete video cards. Though their graphics capabilities are more for HTPC and “surf the net and read email” people, the onboard VGA is getting better and will actually play a number of games at lower settings. Today I will be looking at one of ASUS’ new 890 GX motherboards, the M4A89GTD Pro/USB3. This board is just bursting with new features, some we haven’t seen before, others we’ve seen on Asus’ Intel boards but not their AMD boards. The chipset not only natively supports SATA 6Gb/s, it also has brand new integrated graphics, the Radeon HD 4290, which ATI says far surpasses the earlier HD 4200. Will the M4A89GTD Pro/USB3 pass the test? Read on to see!"

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Mafia II @ Bjorn3D
"Many times, the best games in a series are the sequels. This of course depends on the developers' ability to retain the magic of the first game, and improve on the mechanics. The developer has to balance these elements with keeping the game's story interesting and engaging. After all, no one wants to play a sequel with the same story as the original. This year, we saw Blizzard accomplish at this feat with Starcraft II. Can 2K Games do the same with the Mafia franchise?"

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Vantec Nexstar CBSATA-U3 SATA to USB 3.0 Adapter Review @ Tweaknews
"This handy little device from Vantec is something that should be in every PC technician's toolkit. It's small enough to toss in a bag and provides all the same functions of a hard drive dock. Top it all off with USB 3.0 speeds and you have a fast and convenient way to access any SATA hard drive via a USB connection."

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Tuesday, September 14, 2010
IDF 2010: Gigabyte GA-P67A-UD5 and GA-P67A-UD7 Motherboards @ Legit Reviews
"Things here in San Francisco are starting to get interesting at this year’s Intel Developers Forum (IDF) as we already saw Intel's P67 motherboard, but now we get to see what motherboard giant Gigabyte is cooking up for that chipset. Gigabyte has a pair of their next generation P67A motherboards on display here at the show and that is fitting for the situation as IDF 2010 is all about Intel's upcoming 32nm Sandy Bridge processor. Gigabyte's current generation of P55A motherboards are very popular in the enthusiast and DIY community and Gigabyte plans on keeping that pace with their new Intel P67A motherboard series. The two mainboards that they had on display were the GA-P67A-UD5 and GA-P67A-UD7. We'll start by covering the GA-P67A-UD7 since it is currently the flagship board. Without further ado here is the GA-P67A-UD7 in all its glory..."

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Thermaltake Silent 1156 CPU Cooler Review @ ThinkComputers.org
"“So you’re looking at building a new PC and you’re looking for a better than stock cooling heatsink for your Socket LGA 1156 CPU in a current build? With not very much to choose from other than the higher end CPU coolers, the Thermaltake Silent 1156 CPU cooler is one of the CPU coolers you should have a look at. Read on to learn more about it…"

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G.SKILL 2133MHz DDR3 Pi-Series Memory Kit @ Benchmark Reviews
"Although the memory controller built into Intel's Socket 1156 processors only supports DDR3-1333 speeds officially, any enthusiast knows that there's more than a bit of overclocking headroom there. DDR3-1600 memory is increasingly common, and recently a number of memory vendors have upped the ante even more, with DDR3-2000 and higher speeds becoming available. G.SKILL has entered the enthusiast memory market with a broad selection of high-speed and low-latency memory kits, and Benchmark Reviews tests their new DDR3-2133 memory kit (F3-17066CL7D-4GBPIS) to see what kind of performance benefits it will yield when overclocked."

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Monday, September 13, 2010
Rosewill RK-V1TP Multimedia Keyboard and Touchpad Combo @ Bjorn3D
"The current style trend for computer input devices seems to be slim and sleek. Apple released the Magic Trackpad with multi-touch functionality for desktops. Their latest aluminum keyboard is also thin as cardboard, with its anodized aluminum housing and Chiclet keys."

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CyberPower Gamer Dragon Phenom II X6 Gaming System Review @ ThinkComputers.org
"“Not that long ago NVIDIA released its GTX 460 video cards. These cards gave gamers an even better bang for their buck and the cards were aimed to compete with AMD’s low end 5800 and 5700 series cards. Of course many custom PC builders have incorporated these new cards into their systems to give gamers better performance at a great price. Cyberpower PC is one of those custom PC builders and today we will be looking at their Gamer Dragon system which features an AMD Phenom II X6 processor, NVIDIA GTX 460 GPU, 2GB of DDR3 memory and much more. All of this for just over $1000 too! Let’s check it out!"

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GeForce GTS 450 SLI Scaling Efficiency @ Benchmark Reviews
"Only a few years ago NVIDIA's SLI technology was a feature only the most elite gamers took advantage of, helping them to push the fastest graphics cards on the planet even faster. Often times a second GeForce video card could be combined into a SLI set and produce 33-50% more performance. Those days are gone, and Benchmark Reviews has learned that a set of GF106 GPUs can do a lot more than scale; they can multiply. Since a single $129 GeForce GTS 450 can outperform an AMD Radeon HD 5750 and match the 5770, what kind of performance do you get from two GTS 450's for $258? It seems like a pair of mainstream GTS 450's in SLI should compete nicely against AMD's $200 Radeon HD 5830, or maybe even their $270 Radeon HD 5850. As it turns out, two GTS 460's in SLI are good enough to threaten NVIDIA's top-end segment. In this article, Benchmark Reviews tests NVIDIA GeForce GTS 450 SLI performance scaling."

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ZOTAC GeForce GTS 450 AMP! Edition 1 GB @ techPowerUp
"ZOTAC has a long history of releasing overclocked cards that provide extra performance at low cost. Coming at clocks of 873 MHz core and 1000 MHz memory, the card manages to offer 10% extra performance over the NVIDIA reference design, without being noisy or running hot."

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NVIDIA GeForce GTS 450 GF106 Video Card @ Benchmark Reviews
"NVIDIA recently earned its reputation back with the GF104 Fermi-based GeForce GTX 460; a video card that dominated the price point even before it dropped to $179 USD and completely ruled the middle market. Priced to launch at $129, the NVIDIA GeForce GTS 450 packs 192 CUDA cores into its 40nm GF106 Fermi GPU and adds 1GB of GDDR5 memory. Benchmark Reviews overclocked our GTS 450 to nearly 1GHz, and even paired them together in SLI. NVIDIA expects their new GTS 450 to compete against the Radeon HD 5730 at 1680x1050, but we learned from GTX 460 there's usually more performance reach than they suggest. Since the price to performance ratio is critical to this entry-level segment, Benchmark Reviews also tests the NVIDIA GeForce GTS 450 1GB against the more-expensive Radeon HD 5770 using several of the most demanding DirectX-11 PC video games available."

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Axle GeForce GTS 450 OC 1 GB @ techPowerUp
"AXLE's GeForce GTS 450 OC is a rock-solid implementation of the NVIDIA GeForce GTS 450. It uses both a custom PCB and cooling solution to deliver the maximum for your hard earned cash. The cooler is running quiet and offers low temperatures which make an excellent foundation for additional overclocking."

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Palit GeForce GTS 450 Sonic Platinum 1 GB @ techPowerUp
"Palit's GeForce GTS 450 Sonic Platinum comes with 1 GB of fast GDDR5 memory and offers the highest clock rates of the GTS 450 cards we tested today. Running at 932 MHz core and 1000 MHz memory it is able to deliver performance higher than the AMD Radeon HD 5770."

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MSI N450GTS Cyclone OC 1 GB @ techPowerUp
"The MSI N450GTS Cyclone OC uses MSI's popular Cyclone cooler. The card is factory overclocked which provides a nice performance boost over the NVIDIA reference design. During testing we were impressed by how quiet MSI's cooler can work while also keeping temperatures low."

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ASUS ENGTS450 TOP DirectCU 1 GB @ techPowerUp
"The ASUS ENGTS450 TOP DirectCU is a factory overclocked version of the NVIDIA GeForce GTS 450. It comes with a custom cooling solution called DirectCU which uses heatpipes that make direct contact with the GPU core. In our testing we saw excellent overclocking up to 973 MHz."

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Sunday, September 12, 2010
NVIDIA GeForce GTS 450 SLI @ techPowerUp
"Today NVIDIA released their new GeForce GTS 450. We take two of these cards for a spin and check whether SLI is an option worth pursuing. In addition to testing at the reference design clocks we also test at 875/1000 which represents two factory overclocked cards in SLI."

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NVIDIA GeForce GTS 450 SLI Video Card Review w/ ASUS, EVGA & MSI @ Legit Reviews
"The ASUS ENGTS450 TOP, MSI N450GTS Cyclone 1GD5 and the EVGA GeForce GTS 450 FTW were all excellent video card. The GeForce GTS 450 is a fun video card to overclock as all five of our samples made it from 783MHz to at least 950MHz on the core and that was without any voltage adjustments. By just using an overclocking utility like EVGA Precision we were able to bump up the clocks effortlessly. We like to see overclocks like this as it makes owning a budget card fun and gives you the ability to get a little extra performance out of it..."

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Lian Li PC-T60 PitStop Test-Bench Review @ Tweaknews
"The Pitstop T60 test bench chassis exhibits all the characteristics one would expect from a Lian Li product. The materials, quality and fit and finish are second to none. It also, unfortunately, seems to have a bit of an identity crisis. While it definitely qualifies as a test bench chassis, all the components are attached with screws and not that much easier to swap than it would be in a regular case."

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Saturday, September 11, 2010
Cooler Master Choiix BoomBoom Notebook Travel Speaker Review @ Legit Reviews
"Ever find yourself in a hotel room wishing that the speakers on your netbook or notebook were just a bit better? Well, it looks like Choiix has made a product in an attempt to make poor sounding music a thing of the past on your netbook or laptop. Choiix was kind enough to send us a sample of their newest audio product called the BoomBoom Portable Speaker. The BoomBoom was made to eliminate poor sounding audio on netbooks and laptops as well as be a portable speaker solution instead of having to carry around an extra bag with heavy bulky speakers just so you can have decent sound while on the road or at home..."

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Friday, September 10, 2010
Re-Testing The SilverStone HDDBOOST
"Back in April we reviewed the SilverStone HDDBOOST, which was an innovative product from this manufacturer known for their computer cases that allows you to pair a solid-state drive and a hard drive in an attempt to experience the best of both worlds when it comes to storage performance. The purpose of the HDDBOOST is to increase the disk performance by enabling SSD speeds on the host hard drive while reducing write times to the SSD. From our Linux tests in that article we had a hard time getting this small device to provide any measurable performance gains, but in fact it caused some performance losses. In June, we then had results from SilverStone when they tested it under Ubuntu Linux with the Phoronix Test Suite. Since then we have been trying out a new HDDBOOST unit and it now seems to be working right."

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V3 Gaming Move 3DS Water Cooled SFF PC System Review @ Legit Reviews
"The V3 Gaming Move 3DS computer system wasn't designed to be the most powerful system in the world. It was designed to be a solid gaming system with a small footprint for those limited on space or for those who frequent LAN games and don't want to move a huge system around. In this, V3 has succeeded with flying colors. In the midst of writing this article I attended a small LAN game with a few of my friends. Unfortunately, I had already shipped the V3 Gaming Move 3DS system back to them. This left me with only my full tower system to take to the LAN. What I can tell you is that I missed having the V3 Gaming Move 3DS system at that point..."

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Palit GTX460 Sonic Platinum 1GB Video Cards in SLI @ Bjorn3D
"Our previous reviews showed how nicely the latest Fermi GTX 460s perform compared to the higher end GTX 470 and top of the line GTX 480. While the charted performance on the GTX 460 did lack compared to the GTX 480 (this was due to a lower amount of stream processors on the GTX 460), the real-life performance in today's latest games was still quite pleasing. In some instances, the stock GTX 460 did have a bit higher performance over the GTX 470, and Palit has now introduced an even faster version of the mainstream GTX 460: the Palit GTX 460 Sonic Platinum 1GB GDDR5."

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Point of View GeForce GTX 460 TGT Beast 1 GB @ techPowerUp
"The cards for Point of View's GTX 460 TGT Beast are pre-selected based on their overclocking potential. This allows them to run the high clock speed of 855 MHz core and 1005 MHz memory. We take a closer look at this card that is just as fast as the much more expensive GeForce GTX 470."

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NZXT Sentry LXE High Performance Touch Screen Fan Controller Review @ ThinkComputers.org
"“Today we have the opportunity to check out one of NZXT’s latest products, the NZXT Sentry LXE High Performance Touch Screen Fan Controller. The Sentry LXE is a desktop fan controller and temperature sensors, so it saves you those one or two 5.25” slots inside of your computer. This desktop controller makes it easier to read and easy to use. Read on further to see what else the controller has to offer as well as a video of its performance."

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Thermaltake Armor A60 Computer Case Review @ Tweaknews
"The Armor A60, like the A90 chassis from Thermaltake proves itself to be a bit of a mixed bag, but most of the bag was good. There is room for lots of hardware in the A60, with three big bays and six HDD mounts be they 3.5- or 2.5-inch. The “SideClick” feature will also be a draw for some users."

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Zalman VF3000A VGA Cooler @ Benchmark Reviews
"Zalman is one of the oldest names in PC cooling products, and they've had some star performers over the years. They have always had a line of graphics card cooling products that compliment their CPU coolers. The GPU cooler market is more stable, and much less diverse that the CPU marketplace, for a number of reasons. Zalman has been a strong and steady presence as the power density of graphics processors has been steadily rising. There is a lot of competition on the OEM front for GPU coolers, as manufacturers try to differentiate their products in the video card marketplace. It's one of the key design elements that we look for at Benchmark Reviews. Into this power struggle, Zalman has just launched a whole new product line of aftermarket VGA coolers that will work with a wide variety of video cards. Today, we're going to look at the VF3000A model, which is specifically designed to mate with the ATI Radeon HD 58xx series of graphics cards."

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Thursday, September 9, 2010
ASUS ENGTX460 DirectCU 1 GB @ techPowerUp
"As the names suggests, the ASUS ENGTX460 DirectCU comes with an ASUS DirectCu thermal solution. It also features increased clock speeds of 775 MHz core and 1000 MHz memory which result in about 10% real life improvement. What makes this card really attractive is the low price of $229 which is the same as you would pay for the plain NVIDIA reference design."

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Cooler Master Elite 430 Black Mid Tower PC Case Review @ Legit Reviews
"The Cooler Master Elite 430 is a great little case offering screw-less drive bays, black interior, a bottom-mount power supply, expandability up to six 120mm case fans and support for the largest of video cards and CPU coolers, among many other great features. Available as low as $39.99, what more can you possibly ask of the Cooler Master Elite 430? I can't really knock this case on any of its very minor flaws..."

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ATI FirePro V9800 4GB
"Earlier this year AMD rolled out the ATI FirePro V8800 workstation graphics card as their new high-end offering derived from their Evergreen architecture and to serve as the next-generation solution to the FirePro V8700 / V8750. The FirePro V8800 2GB though is no longer AMD's top workstation graphics card as this morning they are rolling out the ATI FirePro V9800 4GB."

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Samsung BX2350 LED Monitor Review @ Tweaknews
"The Samsung SyncMaster BX2350 LED Monitor is an excellent display for the consumer who wants a stylish monitor that also brings excellent picture quality, low power consumption in addition to being an excellent gamer."

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Kingwin Lazer Gold 1000W Modular Power Supply Review @ ThinkComputers.org
"“Kingwin is a company we have not heard much from in the past year. Recently they have released a new series of power supplies called the Lazer Gold Series. These power supplies are available in 550W, 700W, 850W and 1000W sizes and are 80PLUS Gold certified meaning they will run at least 87% efficient between 20% and 100% load and 90% efficient at 50% load. These power supplies also feature support for the latest processors and graphics cards, an active PFC, modular cables and a 140mm blue LED fan. Today we will be taking a look at the 1000W version, let’s see if it performs up to our expectations."

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TRENDnet TEW-691GR 450Mbps WiFi-N Router @ Benchmark Reviews
"Wireless-N routers are quickly making its way through the industry, providing a significant speed increase over previous wireless standards given you own a proper adapter. This time around TRENDnet releases one of the first 450Mbps Wireless-N Routers. Its raw power is attractive for any setting up a network shared by many users. The TRENDnet 450Mbps WiFi-N Gigabit Router does not come cheap, so Benchmark Reviews will dive in head-first to see if it's worth the price."

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Wednesday, September 8, 2010
ASUS Rampage III Extreme Intel X58 Motherboard Review @ Legit Reviews
"Every so often a memorable motherboard spends some time on my desk. Past boards include the original ASUS X48 Rampage Extreme, the EVGA X58 E760 Classified, and the Gigabyte P45 EP45-UD3R. Each of these boards was notable for its overclocking potential; the REX was the king of LGA775, the Classified is a top candidate for king of LGA1366 and the EP45-UD3R made a mockery of other boards in pushing DDR2 to stratospheric levels. I feel the Rampage III Extreme combines the overclocking potential of the Classified with the ease of overclocking that the original REX provided..."

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ASUS M4A88TD-V EVO/USB3 @ Bjorn3D
"Once again, ASUS has brought forward a very solid AMD motherboard at a very affordable price. The inclusion of the AMD 880G chipset allows for integrated Radeon HD 4250 graphics, as well as USB 3 and 6.0Gb/s SATA support, something most motherboards right now do not have. If current 890 chipset motherboards are too pricey or the wrong fit, the ASUS M4A88TD-V EVO/USB3 may be just what the doctor ordered."

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Cooler Master USNA 95 Ultra Slim Notebook Adapter Review @ ThinkComputers.org
"“One thing that always seems to go on a laptop is the power adapter. I actually have 2 friends right now that have power adapters that are going bad. Replacing a power adapter is never fun and if you go directly through the manufacturer it can be quite costly. Today we will be taking a look at the Cooler Master USNA 95 Ultra Slim Notebook Adapter that is made for pretty much all laptops, has a USB power connector and let’s not forget but is the world’s smallest 95W adapter. Let’s take a look…"

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Thermaltake Armor A90 Computer Case @ Benchmark Reviews
"Thermaltake is one of those companies that constantly pumps out fresh designs, if there is a hole in the market then Thermaltake will be there. The current market trend in gaming cases that I have observed lately is an extravagant exterior, a painted interior and a bottom mounted PSU. Thermaltake have Introduced the Armor A90 VL90001W2Z Mid Tower Case into the enthusiast segment priced competitively at $79.99 and if you do your shopping you can get a better deal still. Along with a great exterior design, a fully painted exterior and a bottom mounted PSU, the Thermaltake Armor A90 also gives you a place to mount your 2.5" SSD/HDD, tool free drive installation for three 5.25" drives and six 3.5" HDD's, a front door covering your optical drive bays, support for watercooling and an easily removable front panel with removable air intake filter. Benchmark reviews has the Armor A90 under the spotlight, to see whats good and whats not please read on..."

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Tuesday, September 7, 2010
OCZ Technology Enyo 128GB Portable USB 3.0 SSD Review @ Legit Reviews
"The OCZ Enyo 128GB USB 3.0 portable SSD is certainly unlike any portable USB 3.0 drive that we have ever used before. The drive is insanely fast, incredibly lightweight and has a great minimalistic appearance to it. If you have a PC that has USB 3.0 or are about to upgrade, you need a device like the OCZ Enyo to take advantage of the SuperSpeed USB 3.0 header on your PC. With the OCZ Enyo 128GB SSD you get fast, portable and robust USB 3.0 derived SSD that can easily fit in the front pocket of your jeans as it is no thicker than current mobile phones..."

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PowerColor HD 5750 Low Profile 1 GB @ techPowerUp
"PowerColor's HD 5750 Low Profile is the first HD 5700 Series low-profile card on the market. This seems to be a godsend for compact media PC systems that can also handle the latest games at decent resolution and settings. We take this card for a spin to see if it can hold its promise."

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Looking At The OpenCL Performance Of ATI & NVIDIA On Linux
"Recently we provided the first Linux-based review of the NVIDIA GeForce GTX 460 graphics card. Overall, this Fermi-based graphics card was a great performer for selling around $200 USD and is complemented by great video playback capabilities with VDPAU acceleration and great proprietary driver support. In that review we primarily looked at the OpenGL performance under Linux, but with NVIDIA's Fermi architecture bringing great GPGPU advancements for CUDA and OpenCL users too, in this article we are looking more closely at the Open Computing Language performance of this GF104 graphics card as well as other NVIDIA and ATI graphics cards."

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Thermaltake Armor A60 Gaming Mid Tower Chassis Review @ ThinkComputers.org
"“Today we have the opportunity to check out one of Thermaltake’s latest cases in the Armor series, the Thermaltake Armor A60. If you remember back in June we took a look at the Armor A90. The Armor A60 is one of the first to offer USB 3.0 and the first to offer the SideClick EasySwap design, which is basically a hot swappable slot. The design and feature list should fit most gamers and enthusiasts. Read on to check out out what else this case has to offer."

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Chieftec Nitro 850W Modular PSU Preview @ XtremeComputing
"Personally, I used to know of Chieftec products - most notably their cases (back in 2003 or so), however since then their presence in the market seems to have slipped away. I was pleased to hear I was getting this Chieftec PSU to review, as I used to hold the brand in high regard - and as such have high expectations from them."

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Synology DS411+ 4-Bay NAS Review @ Tweaknews
"In terms of performance, Synology's DS411+ is tough to beat. Both read and write speeds are blazing fast and it can easily handle multiple, simultaneous file transfers. All in all, the unit is consistent with what I've come to expect from Synology – stable, intuitive, flexible, quiet, and easy to set up."

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Monday, September 6, 2010
EVGA GTX 460 SC Video Card @ Benchmark Reviews
"The NVIDIA GTX 460 is quickly establishing itself as the graphics card to beat in its price segment. The reconfigured Fermi architecture gives the card a real edge in gaming performance. With 1/3 fewer transistors to feed, it uses less power, runs cooler, and overclocks extremely well on air. With that kind of capability baked into the design, it didn't take long for NVIDIA's partners to start releasing overclocked editions. EVGA is one of the top AIC vendors for NVIDIA products, with a well established and loyal customer base. Their latest GTX460 video card is an SC (Superclocked) model that takes the reference design and pumps it up to 763 MHz. Benchmark Reviews takes a comprehensive look inside the EVGA GeForce GTX460 SC 01G-P3-1372-TR and then runs it through a full test suite. Read on if you want to see how this EVGA Superclocked edition performs and then watch as we push it even further with EVGA Precision and OC Scanner software."

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Cooler Master HAF 912 Mid Tower PC Case Review @ Legit Reviews
"With the Cooler Master HAF 912 enthusiast PC case coming out at the $60 mark it makes the case more than affordable for the masses. You also get a very nice feature set right out of the box that allows the case to grow with your system and your needs. Costing almost half what its closest sibling does the HAF 912 would be a great fit for just about any level of user. The official launch date is the 14th of September, and at that time the HAF 912 will be available on e-tail and retail outlets..."

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In Win Dragon Slayer Case Review @ Tweaknews
"To sum up, In Win's Dragon Slayer is a real gem. With the ever growing availability of very competent micro ATX motherboards, the Dragon Slayer is one of the only cases that I'm aware of that can do these high-end boards justice."

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Cooler Master HAF 912 Computer Case @ Benchmark Reviews
"One of the great things about a free market are the options. In today's computer market there are options between brands and even within brands. Cooler Master's High Air Flow (HAF) series is one example of products designed to fit a range of different needs. The launch of the HAF 912 helps fill out the offerings from the HAF series of feature rich computer cases. The HAF 912 is a mid-tower offering to satisfy both the fanatic and the frugal. In this article Benchmark Reviews compares model RC-912-KKN1 with the rest of the HAF lineup to see how the 912 compares to it's older brothers. As a budget case it will certainly try to offer as many features as possible, but ultimately it costs less because some sacrifices must be made compared to the top of the line products. Read on to see how the HAF 912 approaches the often precarious balance between performance and cost."

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Saturday, September 4, 2010
SoundRacer V10 Engine Sound Effects Review @ Legit Reviews
"Have you ever said to yourself,"

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Friday, September 3, 2010
Mushkin Callisto Deluxe 60 GB SSD @ techPowerUp
"Mushkin's Callisto 60 GB comes at a very affordable $145 which makes it the cheapest 60 GB Sandforce-driven SSD on the market today. With a capacity of 60 GB it is a great choice for a Windows 7 boot drive. TRIM is also supported, so you get the maximum out of your SSD even after it's aged a bit."

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Lian Li Pitstop PC-T60 Open Air Test Bench Review @ Legit Reviews
"When all is said and done, the Lian Li Pitstop T60 is a nice"

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OCZ Vertex 2 60GB SSD
"As solid-state drives are becoming very popular with enthusiasts and a common choice for those interested in high-performance data storage, at Phoronix we have reviewed many SSDs from OCZ Technology including the Agility, Agility EX, Vertex, and Solid 2. Today we are reviewing the next-generation Vertex SSD, which is the Vertex 2, and it promises to offer much faster reads and writes, is rated to last an extra 500,000 hours beyond the 1.5 million hour MTBF of the original Vertex, and is available in capacities up to 480GB."

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XFX HD5970 Black Edition - The worldÂ’s fastest video card? @ Bjorn3D
"In today’s competitive market, the prodcut that stands out from the rest is the product that succeeds. Whether it be by overclocking the card out-of-the-box or putting on a custom cooler, anything that differentiates it from the reference design is a bonus."

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NVIDIA's New GeForce 400M 3D Vision and Optimus Notebooks @ Legit Reviews
"The ASUS G53Jw and Acer 5745DG are among the first of many notebooks that will be coming to the market in the coming weeks that will feature the new NVIDIA Graphics. One of the key points about the new notebooks that feature the 3D Vision is that there is no more external interface for the 3D Vision glasses; it is completely integrated into the new 3D Vision Laptops..."

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Genius HS-03U USB Gaming Headset @ Benchmark Reviews
"If you are a gamer, then chances are you enjoy the sounds and music of your favorite games. A good set of headphones is a great addition to any gamer's equipment, especially if you play in a common area such as a dorm room, living room, or just like to become fully immersed in the sounds. Additionally, if you play a game that uses voice chat, an attached microphone is essential for hassle-free communication with your friends or foes. Genius has provided Benchmark Reviews their USB Circumaural Headset, model HS-03U. This headset boasts features such as noise-cancellation, in-line volume control, and vibration. Stay tuned as Benchmark Reviews tests out these features, and many more on the Genius HS-03U Headset."

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Thursday, September 2, 2010
ICY DOCK MB991IK-B 2.5-inch SATA Bay Enclosure Review @ ThinkComputers.org
"“The market has been flooded with a lot of 2.5-inch drives. There are so many different enclosures being released to fit all of our 2.5-inch drive needs for those older cases without the 2.5-inch hard drive mounting brackets for the more current solid state drives (SSD’s). The Icy Dock MB991IK-B offers a lot of features jammed packed into this little 3.5” front bay enclosure. So let’s put the Icy Dock MB991IK-B to the test and see how it handles all of our benchmarks."

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ECS A890GXM-A AMD 890GX Motherboard Review @ Legit Reviews
"Today, we take a look at the ECS A890GXM-A, a new board based on the 890GX chipset from AMD. This board is part of the Black Series of motherboards from ECS, which means that it is a board that is geared more to the performance and overclocking end for enthusiasts. The Black series seems to have done very well, and we expect to see some great results as we test this board today..."

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PNY GeForce GTX 460 OC XLR8 Video Card @ Benchmark Reviews
"NVIDIA's GeForce GTX 460 graphics solution has convincingly dominated the mid-range price point, and its GF104 Fermi architecture threatens several competing high-performance products. Our benchmark tests have concluded that both the 768MB and 1GB version can offer great gaming performance, along with outstanding overclocking headroom. Combined into a SLI set, two stock-speed GeForce GTX 460's compete with the Radeon HD 5870 in terms of frame rate performance. In this article, Benchmark Reviews takes the highly overclocked PNY 'XLR8 Black Box' video card (model VCGGTX4601XPB-OC) and compares it against a field of DirectX-11 graphics solutions. If you're shopping for a powerful middle-market video card, this externally-exhausting 1GB GeForce GTX 460 product could be the perfect fit."

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Wednesday, September 1, 2010
MSI GTX 460 HAWK 1 GB @ techPowerUp
"MSI's GTX 460 HAWK is the flagship GeForce GTX 460 from MSI. It comes with a quiet Twin Frozr II cooler, 1 GB of memory and 781 MHz core clock out of the box. MSI has also expanded on the voltmodding capability of the card which supports software control for three voltages."

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Cooler Master Elite 430 System Enclosure reviewed in Metku.net
"So far our personal favorite on the budget category has remained the Antec Three hundred. Now Cooler Master has designed a competitor to the 300 - The Elite 430 Black."

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Ineo I-NA309D Pro Dual-Bay RAID Enclosure @ Bjorn3D
"Though USB 3.0 is now becoming affordable to a average user, the amount of products that fully utilize its performance is small. There are already many USB 3.0 devices, but most of them are designed for single bay hard drives, especially in the 3.5' and 2.5' form factors, neither of which take advantage of the full performance of the USB 3.0 interface. Users can choose USB 3.0 compatible SSDs, which offer the full performance advantages of USB 3.0, but these SSDs are often expensive and lacking in storage capacity. Whether backing up files, or working on film editing through the USB 3.0 interface, the capacity and performance of the USB 3.0 device will determine which product users will choose."

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Corsair A50 Performance CPU Cooler Review @ ThinkComputers.org
"“Today we have the opportunity to checkout Corsair’s new line of CPU coolers. Corsair has two different series of CPU coolers: the Air Series and the Hydro Series. We have a chance to check out the Air Series A50, which is mainly designed to out beat entry-level and stock CPU coolers. This is the first ever CPU cooler from Corsair that we’ve reviewed here at ThinkComputers, so let’s take a look further into Corsairs’ investments into CPU Cooling."

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BitFenix Colossus Full Tower PC Case Review @ Legit Reviews
"Being a pre-production first offering from a new company, I was impressed with the Colossus and BitFenix. The Colossus's design and build is nice, solid, and laid out well. I really like the SofTouch coating; it has a very different look and feel to it. Normally LED lighting is not my thing, but the Colossus has an interesting look to it, almost TRON like. The ability to shut the lighting off is a massive plus as sometimes you just don't want extra light in a room, and the Colossus will light up a small room..."

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