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Monday, January 31, 2011
MacWorld Expo 2011 Show Coverage @ Benchmark Reviews
"MacWorld Expo, the annual gathering of the Apple faithful, has been a regular event since the first San Francisco show in January, 1985. As a Mac programmer, I attended that show, and every one since then up through the early 2000s. After I transitioned to Java and Web development, the computer I used became less important, and the 2003 show was the last I attended until this year. The 27th annual MacWorld Expo was dramatically different from what I remembered."

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Thermaltake BlacX 5G Hard Drive Docking Station Review @ Legit Reviews
"The Thermaltake BlacX 5G Hard Drive Docking Station is a dream come true for folks that want to set up a rotating drive backup scheme. You could backup to a drive for two weeks and then swap out the drive with a second drive while placing the first drive in a secure place. This would allow you to easily set up a disaster recovery plan for a home server without having to use a cloud based service if you so desired..."

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ASUS HD 6950 2GB Overclock Edition @ Bjorn3D
"AMD replaced the very popular HD 5850 and HD 5870 video cards with the HD 6950 and HD 6970 respectively. Based on the Cayman architecture, the HD 6970 is priced to compete with the GTX 570 while the $300 HD 6950 fills the gap that Nvidia has with the GTX 570 ($360) and the GTX 560 Ti ($250)."

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Asus SBW-06C1S-U Slim USB External Blu-Ray Writer Review @ Tweaknews
"Ultimately, Asus' portable Blu-Ray drive has a lot going for it. USB bus power makes it convenient to pick up and take anywhere, the ultra-slim design and blue LEDs look fantastic, and the drive reads and writes everything from a simple CD-R's to recordable BD media reliably."

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Evercool Transformer 4 HPJ-12025 (Rev 2) Heatsink Review
"A revised and updated version of the Transformer 4 HPJ-12025 cooler Frostytech tested in 2009. Chief among the differences is an up to date mounting bracket that accommodates the full range of Intel processors (socket 775/1155/1156/1366) in addition to the full gamut of AMD chips (socket 754/939/940/AM2/AM3). The 2nd revision HPJ-12025 heatsink Frostytech is testing today has been fitted with faster fans that operate at 2200-1000RPM and are now PWM compliant."

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Sunday, January 30, 2011
MSI N560GTX-Ti GeForce Video Card @ Benchmark Reviews
"History always repeats itself, and NVIDIA is hoping for a repeat performance with their new GTX 560 Ti video card. With performance per mm2 and per watt numbers that put the first Fermi chips to shame, the GTX 460 deserves all the success it has enjoyed. Now, they've applied the same tweaks to the GF104 GPU that brought the high-end Fermi cards back from the dead, and we have the new GF114 in place to do battle in the upper mid-market. MSI is also repeating the same steps they used with the GTX 460 to capture the interest of graphics overclocking enthusiasts. Their Twin Frozr II design offered a massive upgrade in performance compared to the stock cooling scheme, and it helped achieve a world record of 1.0 GHz on air cooling for the GTX 460. Fast forward six months and MSI has launched an upgraded GTX 560 Ti video card at the same time that the reference design is hitting the market. The MSI N560GTX-Ti Twin Frozr II/OC model offers up a modest 7% factory overclock, but I'm guessing there's more where that came from. Benchmark Reviews takes full advantage of MSI's hardware upgrade, as we explore the full potential of NVIDIA's latest midrange marvel on our test bed."

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ASUS ENGTX560 Ti DirectCU II TOP @ Bjorn3D
"The ASUS ENGTX 560 Ti Direct CU II TOP has been factory overclocked to 900 Mhz in order to provide excellent performance for gaming enthusiasts looking for a satisfying Direct X 11 experience. Like any GTX 560 Ti, this card is equiped with the GF114 chip for extra performance and extra PolyMorph and raster engines for a faster rate of tessellation. With the 822 MHz model priced at $250, and and the 900 MHz priced at $270, the factory overclocked version is a serious competition to other GTX 560 Ti cards on the market. However, the stock GPU clock of 900 MHz is merely a starting point for any overclocker that is willing to take this video card to its limit. As the Direct CU designation implies, this card is designed with an extremely efficient cooling system and equipped with high quality capacitors in order to withstand extremely high voltages. In fact, according to ASUS, the card was able to achieve a GPU clock of 1349 MHz with the use of liquid nitrogen. With these factors!"

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Saturday, January 29, 2011
Zalman CNPS5X CPU Cooler Review @ Tweaknews
"If Zalman's new 5X cooler comes to market at the promised $30 pricepoint, this cooler is a very good value. It handled the Q6600 processor and its high thermal output with ease and even at 1400 RPM easily beat the OEM solution in near silence. With support for older Intel and AMD sockets, this cooler would make an excellent replacement for a borked OEM cooler or a good choice when added to a new CPU that doesn't come with a cooling device."

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Friday, January 28, 2011
Corsair SP2500 2.1 232W Audio Speaker Kit Review @ Legit Reviews
"When the Corsair SP2500 2.1 PC speaker system showed up in the test lab we hooked it up and were shocked to hear our music. We were able to hear details in the audio that we weren't able to make out on our old speaker system. The satellite speakers on the SP2500 are amazing and the midrange audio is crystal clear. Most audiophiles talk about sound separation and having bass that overpowers vocals and we finally get what they were talking about. The Logitech Z-5300 system that we were running appears to have had greatly exaggerated bass and as a result we were actually missing out on the clarity of our audio tracks..."

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Corsair Vengeance 1600 MHz CL9 12 GB DDR3 @ techPowerUp
"Corsair has introduced their new line of memory called Vengeance. Available in high capacity kits up to 16 GB we got a hold of the triple-channel one with 4x 3 GB modules. That said we push the trio to the max and see if it comes back with a vengeance or fizzles into thin air quietly."

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MSI P67A-GD55 Intel P67 Motherboard Review @ ThinkComputers.org
"“I’m sure you have been loaded with Intel Sandy Bridge news and reviews all this month. We posted our first Sandy Bridge review on the CyberPower Gamer Xtreme 4000 Intel P67 Sandy Bridge System, then the Intel Core i5-2500K LGA 1155 “Sandy Bridge” Processor, so check those our if you haven’t already. Today we are going to be taking a look at our first Sandy Bridge motherboard the P67A-GD55 from MSI. This is also our first MSI motherboard review so we are pretty excited. This motherboard is Sandy Bridge ready and features the P67 chipset, 2 SATA 6GB/s ports, 4 USB 3.0 ports, the OC Genie II feature, ClickBIOS and Military Class II high stability components. Let’s take a look…"

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Evercool HPL-815 Low Profile Heatsink Review
"Standing just 45mm tall, the Evercool HPL-815 is a low profile heatsink suited for use in 2U thick computer cases. It's equipped with a top mounted 80x80x15mm PWM fan that rotates at speeds of 4000-1000RPM, exhausting air downwards into a 23mm tall array of quilted aluminum fins. In fact, of all the sub-60mm low profile heatsinks Frostytech has tested the HPL-815 ranks 7°C cooler (at 4000RPM fan speed) than the next best thermal solution. "

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Thursday, January 27, 2011
MSI P67A-GD65 Intel Socket 1155 Motherboard Review @ Legit Reviews
"Whether you are an experienced overclocker or just getting into overclocking, the MSI P67A-GD65 should satisfy your urges for speed. Starting out with the OC Genie, which will overclock your system in only one second, we had a system that was overclocked to 4.2GHz, and was rock solid. Nothing like a little free performance with zero work. When I first started overclocking manually I was running an older version of the BIOS. With this version I was able to hit the same overclock with the Intel Core I5 2500K as we were able to previously in the ASUS P8P67 Deluxe article. Our previous best was 4824MHz on both of the ASUS boards that we have tested. Since then a new feature has been added within the BIOS for both the ASUS boards as well as for the MSI P67A-GD65. You can now have the Internal PLL Voltage either enabled or disabled. Once we enabled it within the MSI P67A-GD65 BIOS, things started to get just a little more interesting..."

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ZOTAC ZBOXHD-ID34BR-U @ Bjorn3D
"Considering the latest 3D features and better image quality that new HDTVs offer, many consumers seem to look for a nice compact solution allowing them to watch their Blu-Ray and Blu-Ray 3D videos while also having the functions of a Desktop PC. The ZOTAC ZBOXHD-ID34BR-U is a small form factor All-in-One Mini-PC or HTPC (Home Theatre Personal Computer) that allows users to easily play Blu-Ray videos with the included Cyberlink PowerDVD software. This PC is designed to be very simple and easy to use: the owner need only plug in their wireless keyboard and mouse, and the ZOTAC ZBOX to the HDMI port on the TV. For different audio inputs, the user also has the option to use a standard headphone jack or a Digital Optical Output S/PDIF-Out connector. When a Blu-Ray disk is inserted into the PC, PowerDVD will automatically launch and start loading the movie. Within several seconds of loading the Blu-Ray disk into the ZOTAC ZBOXHD-ID34BR-U, the movie starts playing without any lags.!"

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Zalman ZM-PCM1 / ZM-VPM1 CPU AND VGA Power Consumption Meters Review @ Tweaknews
"All-in-all, Zalman has targeted a relatively limited niche of PC enthusiasts with these products. If you're the kind of user who demands the kind of information that these devices can provide, I'm unaware of any other options that are this easily installed. They are also well executed and attractive additions to the front panel that work as advertised. Just be aware of their limitations."

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Lian Li PC-V352 mATX Case Review @ ThinkComputers.org
"“With mini-ITX systems becoming more and more powerful and mini-ATX motherboards offering the same features as full ATX boards it is hard to decide what type of system to build. At the same time if you are going to build one of these smaller systems there really are not that many cases that offer all the features you expect from a normal PC case. Well Lian Li noticed this and came out with the PC-V352. A small cube style case that packs in a lot of features and has all of the quality you expect from Lian Li. Let’s check it out and see if it is perfect for your next small system build."

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The Fast Enough Computer (Editorial) @ Benchmark Reviews
"While I have not yet and may never recover from my addiction to having the Biggest Fastest Most Expensive computer parts I can afford, the experience I've gained writing for this website over the past year or so has hammered home the lesson that most of the time, I'm just wasting my money. And you probably are, too."

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Wednesday, January 26, 2011
Fractal Design Define XL @ techPowerUp
"Fractal Design has enlarged the Define R3 to a full tower with additional features, calling it the Define XL. We tear it apart, fill it with hardware and see if we still have room to breath or if it is all nothing but wasted space"

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Has AMD Finally Fixed Tearing With Its Linux Driver?
"AMD put out a rare beta Linux driver this Monday and they have now just announced the release of the Catalyst 11.1 driver as their stable monthly update for Linux and Windows users. With this Catalyst driver, there is though one interesting but hidden feature that is sure to please many ATI/AMD Radeon Linux desktop users."

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Corsair Air Series A50 CPU Cooler Review @ Legit Reviews
"With the Corsair A50 doing as well as it does and costing what it does, I feel it would make for a nice budget cooler because it will get the job done and not break the bank in the process. The documentation is very easy to follow, it was easy to install, and will fit all the popular sockets out today -- even the new Intel LGA1155 socket for 'Sandy Bridge' processors as that socket same hole pattern as the LGA1156 socket. The Corsair A50 even comes backed by a 2-year warranty, which is nice for the price you pay. Not too many things can go wrong on a HSF, but you never know one of the three 8mm heatpipes might..."

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Sapphire HD 6950 Review @ Tweaknews
"Sapphire's Radeon HD 6950 has proven to be an excellent overall product. With excellent build quality and a robust accessory hardware kit, it is still priced lower than a lot of the competition to date. Also adding in that Sapphire is still AMD's #1 seller, I'd be a fool to recommend anything but to consider this card if the HD 6950 is an option that you are itching to spend you money on in the near future."

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Tuesday, January 25, 2011
Zalman CNPS5X-SZ Heatsink Review
"Zalman's CNPS5X-SZ heatsink is an updated, vertical interpretation of a 2006-era heatsink Zalman released under the CNPS8000 nomenclature. Like its forefather, the CNPS5X-SZ fills the role of a lower profile, light weight cooler that's ideally suited to sub-95W TDP processors. It's stacked aluminum fins are connected by three 6mm diameter copper heatpipes to a small aluminum base block with a thin bit of copper covering the otherwise exposed heatpipes."

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NVIDIA GeForce GTX 560 Ti Versus Radeon HD 6950 1GB @ Legit Reviews
"The NVIDIA GeForce GTX 460 uses the GF104 core and NVIDIA took that core back to the drawing board and improved it the best they could. They were able to unlock all the cores on the chip now that they tweaked it, so the CUDA cores went up from 336 on the GTX 460 to 384 on the GTX 580. NVIDIA was also able to increase the clock speeds used on the GeForce GTX 560 Ti since the core was better designed. The graphics clock has gone from 675MHz up to 882MHz! The CUDA cores that used to run at 1350MHz now are greater in number and running at 1645MHz. Even the 1GB GDDR5 memory got bumped up to 1002MHz from 900MHz! All these extra CUDA cores and higher clock speeds did increase the board's maximum power draw to 170W, but that is just 10W higher than the GTX 460..."

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Palit GeForce GTX 560 Ti Sonic 1 GB @ techPowerUp
"Palit's GeForce GTX 560 Ti Sonic Edition comes with increased clock speeds of 900 MHz core and 1050 MHz memory out of the box, which translates into a 7% real-life performance improvement. Its $20 price premium also gives you improved display connectivity: full-size HDMI and analog VGA."

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Zotac GeForce GTX 560 Ti 1 GB @ techPowerUp
"ZOTAC's GeForce GTX 560 uses reference clock speeds, but comes with a custom cooling solution by ZOTAC. The card is also one of the few that uses full-size HDMI and DisplayPort outputs and comes with a bundle of Assassin's Creed Hermand."

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EVGA GeForce GTX 560 Titanium Video Card @ Benchmark Reviews
"It's been nearly a decade since NVIDIA last used the Titanium moniker on one of their product, and for those who can still recall how the GeForce 4 series was revision of the previous series the new GeForce GTX 560 Ti will make perfect sense. Replacing the GeForce GTX 470 video card in the current product stack, NVIDIA's GeForce GTX 560 Ti uses a tuned GF114 GPU that finally delivers a full GF104 Fermi architecture. The original GF104 GPU offered seven of eight possible Streaming Multiprocessors (SM) with the GeForce GTX 460 video card, and now NVIDIA returns to enable that last SM to make even more cores available to GF114, now 384 compared to 336. Keeping with tradition, the GeForce GTX 560 Ti uses an identical SM configuration as the GeForce GTX 460. Each SM still offers 48 CUDA cores, four dispatch units, and eight texture/special function units. Besides including the eighth and final SM on the GPU, what's different is the myriad of transistor-level changes to improve power efficiency and in turn allowed for significantly faster clock speeds. In this article, Benchmark Reviews tests the EVGA GeForce GTX 560 Ti (model 01G-P3-1560-AR) against an entire market of graphics card options..."

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NVIDIA GeForce GTX 560 Ti SLI @ techPowerUp
"NVIDIA's new GTX 560 Ti delivers excellent price/performance in the $250 market segment. We take two of these cards for a spin to investigate whether it makes sense to buy two of them for use in SLI."

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NVIDIA GeForce GTX 560 Ti 1 GB @ techPowerUp
"NVIDIA's new GeForce GTX 560 Ti is priced at the sweet spot of $249. It comes with a redesigned graphics processor that enables higher clock speeds and lower power consumption. NVIDIA's reference design board excels with nice overclocking potential and low fan noise."

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ASUS GeForce GTX 560 Direct Cu II 1 GB @ techPowerUp
"Today NVIDIA announced their new GeForce GTX 560 Ti Series. ASUS designed a custom PCB and cooling solution around the new graphics processor. The factory overclocking ASUS GTX 560 Ti Direct CU II sets out to deliver maximum cooling power for improved overclocking and reduced temperatures."

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FW: AMD Radeon HD6870 Review @ XtremeComputing
"If you're remotely interested in computers, you'll know who AMD are. It's no surprise when you consider they've been around since 1969(!), so they need no introduction. Odds are that you'll also be familiar with the Radeon brand of graphics cards, so today's review product and company should be known to everyone."

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Intel Core i5-2500K LGA 1155 Sandy Bridge Processor Review @ ThinkComputers.org
"“The word Sandy Bridge is what we have been hearing for the past 3 months. In forums, on different websites and even on the news. Sandy Bridge is the codename for Intel’s new 32nm processor architecture. This new architecture brings on-die graphics to a whole new level and still has all of the same features we saw on the Nehalem architecture. It adds even more with Turbo Boost Technology 2.0, Intel Quick Sync Video, Intel InTru 3D, and AVX (Advanced Vector Extensions) instructions. With this new architecture Intel is releasing 11 desktop processors, we will be taking the Core i5-2500K through the paces, read on to check it out!"

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AMD Radeon HD6870 Review @ XtremeComputing
"If you're remotely interested in computers, you'll know who AMD are. It's no surprise when you consider they've been around since 1969(!), so they need no introduction. Odds are that you'll also be familiar with the Radeon brand of graphics cards, so today's review product and company should be known to everyone."

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Monday, January 24, 2011
Intel Core i5 2500K Linux Performance
"Earlier this month Intel released their first"

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Kingston SSDNow V100 128GB SSD Solid State Drive Review @ Tweaknews
"To sum it up, the Kingston SSDNow V100 may not be the fastest SSD out there, but it's still a very competitive product in this quickly expanding market. If you're looking for a simple upgrade method that will result in a big step up in performance, than look no further."

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Lancool First Knight PC-K63 Computer Case @ Benchmark Reviews
"Lian Li is a maker of super high quality aluminium PC chassis, for most these are considered too expensive for a gaming PC. Well Lian Li also make PC cases made of steel and plastic to the same high standards and also share their innovations and patents, but market them under the name Lancool. Recently Lancool launched three new cases in the First Knight series aimed at the gaming market and Benchmark Reviews has the Lancool First Knight PC-K63 computer chassis on hand for testing. The PC-K63 is entirely tool free and has a fully painted black interior, the motherboard standoffs come pre installed and thumbscrews are used where there is no tool free mechanism. Patented tool free solutions are; tool free PSU clamp, tool free HDD/SSD rubber mounting grommets and an excellent HDD/SSD mounting cage, tool free ODD latch mechanism and finally tool free PCI backplane clamps. The Lancool First Knight PC-K63 case has a massive transparent window and very bright LED fans that light up the inside while they cool your components. In the back is a very good cable routing solution that will help advanced and novice PC builders alike to easily route cables out of sight..."

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Saturday, January 22, 2011
CES 2011 Day 3 Coverage: ZALMAN | ZOTAC | COOLER MASTER | SILVERSTONE | IN WIN @ Tweaknews
"Day 3 of our CES 2011 coverage showing our experiences at the Zalman, Zotac, Cooler Master, Silverstone and In Win at their respective suite and CES locations. Click and find out what's new for 2011 from these manufacturers."

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Friday, January 21, 2011
MSI HD 6950 Twin Frozr II @ techPowerUp
"MSI's HD 6950 Twin Frozr II is the first custom design HD 6950 to reach our labs. It comes with a small overclock out of the box and MSI's well established Twin Frozr II heatsink to keep the card cool."

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Kingston HyperX Genesis 4GB 2133MHz DDR3 Memory Kit Review @ Legit Reviews
"The Kingston HyperX Genesis 2133MHz kit"

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Antec Soundscience Rockus 3D 2.1 Speaker System Review @ ThinkComputers.org
"“We all know Antec for making great PC cases and power supplies. We all know someone with an Antec case and that just shows the quality of their products. Antec knows a lot about making cases and power supplies, but when I heard they were going to making speakers a was a little bit skeptical. We have seen so many companies just use an OEM to get into another market, and what comes out is a very poor product. Luckily Antec is not one of those companies, they introduce you to Soundscience an Antec subsidiary that is set to produce audio and video lifestyle products. Their first product is the Rockus 3D 2.1 Speaker System and we have them up on the testing block today."

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Zalman Z9 Plus Computer Case Review @ Benchmark Reviews
"Zalman is no stranger to what PC enthusiasts want in a product. The Z9 Plus computer case aims to please with attractive features at an attractive price. Zalman has included such features as a 2 channel fan controller and temperature display built into the 4 USB front I/O panel. The Z9 Plus supports up to 7 system fans, as well as up to 290mm video cards for your convenience. Will this newest Mid-Tower ATX Case, the Z9 Plus live up to the Zalman name of performance and quality? Benchmark Reviews is pleased to have one of the first looks at this new chassis."

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Thursday, January 20, 2011
MSI HD 6850 Cyclone Power Edition @ techPowerUp
"MSI's HD 6850 Cyclone Power Edition comes at 860 MHz, which is the largest overclock out of the box of any HD 6850 available. The card also features a little switch to enable a silent BIOS which reduces fan noise considerably and makes the card a virtually noiseless experience to use, in both idle and 3D."

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ASUS M4A88TD-V EVO/USB3 AMD 880G Motherboard Review @ ThinkComputers.org
"“A couple of weeks ago we took a look at the ASUS M4A88TD-M/USB3 mATX motherboard. Well today we will be taking a look at its big brother the M4A88TD-V EVO/USB3. This motherboard features the same AMD 880G northbridge and SB850 southbridge as its smaller counterpart. AMD’s 880G chipset is sort of the little sister of the 890GX chipset, but is set to be more affordable, while still offering the same performance. This chipset also offers native SATA 6GB/s and USB 3.0 support. Let’s take a look at the M4A88TD-V EVO/USB3 and see how well it performs."

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Wednesday, January 19, 2011
Zalman VF3000F VGA Graphics Card Cooler Review @ Tweaknews
"Overall the Zalman VF3000F at US$60 is a great alternative to Nvidia's stock cooling solution. It does a good job of keeping the maximum temperatures low while not compromising silence. From the instructions to the single heatsink plate, the forethought is evident and the thermal testing proves this aftermarket product is a worthy upgrade."

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Further Testing Shows More Hope For ATI Gallium3D
"A week ago I reported on the open-source ATI driver becoming a lot faster thanks to the KMS page-flipping support finally landing in the mainline Linux kernel and xf86-video-ati driver, tiling improvements, and lots of work going into the R300g/R600g Gallium3D drivers. The open-source ATI Gallium3D is not conclusively faster than the proprietary Catalyst driver is, but it's becoming a much more competitive race. In last week's article an ATI Mobility Radeon GPU was used to illustrate these improvements, but in this follow-up article are the Linux benchmark results for three discrete Radeon graphics cards using the stock Ubuntu 10.10 open-source ATI driver, the last R500-supported Catalyst Linux driver, and then the latest open-source driver bits from the Linux 2.6.38 kernel."

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Arctic Sound P531 5.1 Channel Gaming USB Headset Review @ ThinkComputers.org
"“In the past we’ve reviewed many different cooling products from Arctic Cooling, but today we have the opportunity to check out their take of a 5.1 USB Gaming Headset dubbed the Arctic Sound P531. The P531 features 4 individual drivers in each of the two circumaural ear cups with soft fabric and foam padding. The headset also features plenty of adjustments from ear cups to headbands. Read on further to see how well it sounds."

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GIGABYTE Radeon HD 6850 Video Card @ Benchmark Reviews
"When we talk about different video card brands, there's always a factor which motivates us to choose one over any other. Most likely, we make our decisions depending on retail price, but there are things to consider: the bundle and accessories, factory overclocked speeds, and of course, included heatsinks and fans so that the GPU can be overclocked higher or simply work without being as loud and hot as a reference design. With this in mind, Benchmark Reviews tests the GIGABYTE GV-R685OC-1GD AMD Radeon HD 6850 video card. We've already tested some HD 6850 GPUs before, but GIGABYTE offers their newest design with the Windforce 2x GPU cooler and Ultra Durable VGA technology. Additionally, this is the factory OC version which brings 820MHz (against 775MHz) GPU Core clock and 4200MHz (instead 4000MHz) GDDR5 Memory clocks. Let's analyze the GV-R685OC-1GD model and see if it can be a serious contender against reference HD 6850 and GTX 460 graphics cards."

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Tuesday, January 18, 2011
Cooler Master HAF 912 Case Review @ Tweaknews
"Cooler Master's HAF 912 has proven to be a worthy addition to the HAF legacy, providing a budget, mid-tower chassis entry into the series with design elements and features seldom found in its price niche. While users will need to add a fan or two to make it live up to its “High Air Flow” moniker, the 912 is a very able chassis in other respects."

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Open-Source Projects Are Getting Ripped On Amazon
"It's been brought to my attention today by a Phoronix reader that several major open-source projects are being ripped off and sold for-profit on Amazon by a small company out of the United Kingdom. FlightGear, InkScape, and Scribus are among the free software projects being affected right now and Amazon apparently has yet to catch onto this or act."

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ECS P67H2-A2 Intel 1155 Preview @ techPowerUp
"ECS is jumping on the Sandybridge bandwagon, offering a P67 based mainboard aimed at the gamer with a cool look and the Black series branding. We check out the board to show you what you can expect to get out of the box."

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Samsung 470 Series 256GB SSD Review @ Legit Reviews
"Overall, we were duly impressed with the 470 Series and it exceeded its rated specifications of 250MB/s reads and 220MB/s writes in nearly every benchmark we threw at it. With Samsung being a relatively new player in the consumer SSD market, they are getting off to a great start. Samsung really surprised us with their 256GB 470 Series solid state drive. It performed above expectations on nearly every benchmark and kept pace with the SandForce drives that seem to the darling of the industry right now...."

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Intel's Linux Sandy Bridge Graphics Still Troubling
"When Intel launched their newest"

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VisionTek CandyBoard Bluetooth Keyboard @ Benchmark Reviews
"My entertainment room doesn't have a lot of table space, so I try to limit the number of remote controls and media center keyboards used to managed the home theater. My Sony PlayStation 3 has a remote for when I play Blu-ray discs, and the HTPC uses a media center keyboard. While each of these peripherals serves its own purpose, I've always thought it would be nice to have something that combined them into one small device. As if someone knew exactly what I wanted, the VisionTek CandyBoard 900335 Bluetooth mini keyboard materialized into what might possibly be the perfect solution. In this article, Benchmark Reviews tests this Bluetooth mini-keyboard for range and performance on both PC and PS3 systems."

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Monday, January 17, 2011
Patriot Xporter XT Rage 32GB USB 2.0 Flash Drive Review @ Legit Reviews
"Well, when it comes down to it, Patriot has made a good product here with the Xporter XT Rage 32GB USB 2.0 Flash drive. Patriot Memory says this drive has up to 27MB/s Read and 25MB/s Write speeds and we were able to hit faster than this in read tests, but the write tests came up a little bit short. With its sequential read speeds hitting close to the theoretical limits of the USB specifications and its write times coming in above what Patriot specified the drive at, we definitely have a good product on our hands. This 32GB storage drive has a useable 29.8GB of storage space, so when it comes to storage you can keep a ton of data on the Xporter XT Rage and take it with you on the go..."

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Asus RT-N16 Gigabit SuperSpeed-N Router Review @ Tweaknews
"For a sub-$100 router, the RT-N16 is an excellent choice for both beginners and enthusiasts alike. The UI is easy to work with and setting up secure wireless Internet access is a cinch even for those without advanced networking skills. For those who like to tinker, this router boasts some impressive hardware specs and supports third party firmware such as DD-WRT and Tomato."

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Mionix Naos 3200 USB Optical Gaming Mouse @ Benchmark Reviews
"Here at Benchmark Reviews we know that with the turbulent financial markets the way they are these days having a high quality product that can draw customers in and keep them coming back for more is essential. Mionix is a relatively new company that is hoping to make their mark on the computer gaming world. This Swedish company knows how to make a good mouse. The Naos 3200 is affordable, durable, and so comfortable you'll have to use it to believe. Keep reading to see what this gaming mouse can bring to your table."

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Saturday, January 15, 2011
ASUS Maximus III Gene P55 @ techPowerUp
"The ASUS Maximus III Gene is a reasonably priced microATX motherboard that has loads of features for both normal users and overclockers. It was designed with overclockers in mind which is visible in the board design, the included software, BIOS options and performance that can be reached by some tweaking."

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Friday, January 14, 2011
Sharkoon X-Tactic 5.1 Digital Headset Review @ Legit Reviews
"Nothing helps us wipe out newb's than a good gaming headset. In the past a good gaming headset was hard to find, but these days it is getting a lot easier as it seems every company and their brother's are manufacturing a"

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Thursday, January 13, 2011
Thermaltake eSports MEKA G1 Keyboard @ Benchmark Reviews
"Tt eSports is Thermaltake's gaming division focusing on gaming peripherals and accessories and also the gaming culture, their latest entry is the MEKA G1 KB-MEG005US mechanical gaming keyboard. Mechanical keyboards made with the purpose of gaming are fast becoming popular and there are a good handful of companies marketing their wares if you know where to look. Today Benchmark Reviews has the MEKA G1 in for testing and we aim to see if it is worth the $139.99 MSRP that thermaltake have set. The MEKA G1 uses the popular Cherry MX Black mechanical switches and it has two built in USB ports and also microphone and headphone pass through ports to make connecting your peripherals easier. A removable palm rest is included along with seven multimedia function keys and a heavyweight 1.5m "Military Grade" braided cable. All of these features make the MEKA G1 more than a standard mechanical keyboard and enhance everyday use, read on to find out more."

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The Open-Source ATI Driver Is Becoming A Lot Faster
"Now that the kernel mode-setting page-flipping for the ATI Radeon DRM kernel module has been merged into the Linux 2.6.38 kernel and the respective bits have been set in the xf86-video-ati DDX, we're in the process of running new open-source ATI graphics benchmarks under Linux. Our initial results (included in this article) show these latest improvements to cause some major performance boosts for the open-source ATI driver as it nears the level of performance of the proprietary Catalyst driver."

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Noctua NH-C14 CPU Cooler Review @ Legit Reviews
"The NH-C14 is still a C shape top-down style cooler, but there are a few updates. A new fin profile, its taller, and now sports twin 140mm fans. The NH-C14 has nickel plated copper base, 6 copper heat pipes, and aluminum fins. With the NH-C14 having two fans the upper or lower fan can be removed to create high and low clearance configurations. In low clearance with the top fan removed the cooler is only 105mm tall. With lower fan removed for the high clearance mode there is 65mm of clearance to the motherboard. This is good for those running RAM with tall heatspreaders like Kingston HyperX T1..."

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ZOTAC GeForce GTX 580 AMP! Edition 1536 MB @ techPowerUp
"ZOTAC's GeForce GTX 580 AMP! Edition comes at a massive core clock of 815 MHz. During our testing we also noticed that the card could overclock consistently higher than other reference designs, which seems to be thanks to a special binning process in the ZOTAC factory."

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The State of Intel Desktop Motherboards @ Benchmark Reviews
"The view from the top is very nice, but the price of admission is an unpleasant reminder of what it takes to lead an industry. Intel (NASDAQ: INTC), more formally known as Integrated Electronics Corporation, is the world leader in computing innovation. Intel designs and builds the essential technologies that serve as the foundation for the entire planet's computing devices. With very few serious competitors in the microprocessor segment, Intel enjoys a dominant lead over an entire industry. Strangely enough, the sentiment runs opposite when you analyze their motherboard segment..."

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Wednesday, January 12, 2011
Extensive Benchmarks Of Amazon's EC2 Compute Cloud
"Last month we delivered our first benchmarks of the Amazon EC2 Cloud, but those initial tests were limited to just a few of their cloud computing instances due to failures with the Ubuntu EC2 operating system on their other compute instances. Earlier this month we then showed how the Amazon EC2 Micro was comparable to a Nokia N900 and Intel Atom, but now we have a more exhaustive comparison complete of all major Amazon Elastic Compute Cloud types. Using the Amazon Linux AMI operating system, we have run a plethora of performance benchmarks on the m1.small, m1.large, m1.xlarge, m2.xlarge, m2.2xlarge, m2.4xlarge, c1.medium, and c1.xlarge cloud computing instances."

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SilverStone RV02B-EW Computer Case @ Benchmark Reviews
"The Silverstone Raven RV02B-EW is the latest product in the very successful Raven line. Continuing with the 90-degree rotation of the motherboard Silverstone has improved upon the original Raven 1 and Raven 2 with the Silverstone Raven 2 Evolution. Silverstone has refined their revolutionary design even more making for an even more accessible product, while at the same time improving the cooling performance of the original Raven 2. This case is considered a evolutions of the Raven 2 and as such has some new additions including three of Silverstone's highly rated 180mm Air Penetrator fans, and hot swap drive bays. Benchmark Reviews will look at if these additions help improve Raven 2 design or if this "new" version is just being used to milk a very successful franchise."

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Tuesday, January 11, 2011
CES 2011: CyberPower @ ThinkComputers.org
"“We all know CyberPower for creating powerful and affordable gaming systems for people who do not want to, or know how to build their own system. Check out our review of their Gamer Xtreme 5000 Intel P67 Sandy Bridge System. They had quite a lot to show us this year at CES so let’s take a look…"

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Zalman Z9 Plus Case Review @ Tweaknews
"After examining the Z9 Plus chassis, I was very pleased to see that Zalman has addressed the vast majority of the issues I had with the Z7 series. Not only has Zalman improved cooling performance while still keeping noise in the acceptable range, they've given the interior a matching black finish for a uniform look, updated the aesthetics and added support for a couple of SSDs as well."

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Cubitek Tattoo Fire @ techPowerUp
"Cubitek is entering the case market with their Tattoo series of enclosures. Ranging from a basic model to one with LED fans and red interior along with a nice set of unique features we take a look at the Tattoo Fire chassis inside and out to see if it manages to light our fire or burns down in the process"

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Sapphire Pure Black P67 & X58 Intel Motherboard Preview @ Legit Reviews
"Sapphire will be bringing two motherboards to market. The first one will be the Pure Black X58 and the second will be the Pure Black P67 Hydra. We are going to start with the Sapphire Pure Black P67 Hydra motherboard as this is the motherboard for the new Intel Sandy Bridge processor that was announced last week. This board stands out from the crowd as it uses the Lucid Hydra chip to allow a mix of mutli-GPU graphics configurations to be used in its PCI-Express slots. As you can see from the image above the board has four PCIe x16 slots and two legacy PCI slots..."

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PowerColor Radeon HD 6870 PCS+ Video Card @ Benchmark Reviews
"In the wake of the HD 6900 series debut last month, the Barts GPU and its place in the product line finally makes perfect sense. The Cypress chip, as used on the Radeon HD 5830 with 334 square millimeters of silicon, is way too big for just 1120 shaders and 16 ROPS. The new Barts GPU uses just 255 mm2 to do the same job only better, thanks to twice the number of ROPs as the 5830. Although TSMC denied AMD the opportunity to roll out 32nm-based chips for this product cycle, they went back to the drawing board and optimized this new generation of GPUs for the current 40nm manufacturing process. AMD did a better job of reading the rule book last time, and their first full line of 40nm GPUs dominated the graphics market for a full 6 months. AMD has now successfully inserted an additional class of GPU (as defined by die size), to fill the performance gap that existed in the Radeon HD 5000 series. You may have seen some benchmarks already for some reference HD 6870 cards, but please follow along with Benchmark Reviews as we take a complete look, inside and out, at the PowerColor PCS+ HD6870 1GB GDDR5 graphics card."

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Monday, January 10, 2011
ASUS Crosshair IV Extreme: Running SLI With the Lucid Hydra Chip @ Bjorn3D
"The last motherboard for AMD platforms that supports SLI is based on the Nvidia 980a chipset. There are few motherboards on the market with the 980a chipset that support the AM3 socket, and they are already becoming outdated due to the lack of SATA 6Gbps and USB 3.0 support. The ASUS Crosshair IV Extreme is the only one that combines these new features and CrossFireX and SLI support via the third party chipset."

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QNAP TS-419P+ TurboNAS 4-Bay Network Storage Review @ Legit Reviews
"About six months ago, I started looking into building a Home Theater PC Solution that fit my needs. Seeing I already owned an Xbox 360, and not wanting to build a separate PC, I decided my best route was to look at some type of device that could stream to an Xbox 360 using UPnP. I ran into many roadblocks, some devices did not support a large storage pool, and others were just too expensive. When asked to review the QNAP TS-419P+, I was thrilled to see that the device supported just the type of streaming that I wanted..."

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Sunday, January 9, 2011
Thermaltake Challenger Pro Gaming Keyboard @ Benchmark Reviews
"The gaming peripheral market is rife with interesting innovations, some more of a gimmick than useful but still very nice to look at. Today, Benchmark Reviews brings you the Thermaltake Challenger Pro Gaming Keyboard P/N KB-CHP001US. The Challenger Pro has some interesting features worthy of notice but also has a few gimmicks to spruce it up a bit and attract more attention. The LED backlights not only light up the keys but they also light between the keys for a nice effect, the WASD and arrow keys have red replacements and there are also two blanking keys to replace the windows keys, should you choose to use them. There are two USB 2.0 ports in the back to facilitate extra devices and there are also two special points at the top of the keyboard to mount a small hand cooling fan. There are six media keys present and 64KB of onboard memory allows you to store up to 40 macro functions via four profiles on ten macro buttons. If this is the sort of keyboard that appeals to you then read on to find out more."

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CES 2011 Day 2 Coverage: QNAP | Seagate | AOC | Antec | Xigmatek @ Tweaknews
"Day 2 of our CES 2011 coverage showing our experiences at the QNAP, AOC, Seagate, Antec and Xigmatek at their respective suite and CES locations. Click and find out what's new for 2011 from these manufacturers."

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Zalman ZM-MH200 U3 Dual HDD Dock @ techPowerUp
"There are plenty of docking stations out there. You can find them for one drive or for two, with card readers or USB ports. The Zalman MH200 U3 goes another direction: RAID. We push the unit to its limit to see if such a feature in a dual hard drive dock makes sense or makes us wonder why."

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Friday, January 7, 2011
CES 2011: Hands on with the Motorola Atrix 4G @ Legit Reviews
"Wow! With the webtop dock from Motorola your phone can double as a netbook, or mild mannered desktop. This is certainly something that other companies will need to take notice of as Motorola has raised the bar well above what many people have expected... We also got our hands on the new Motorola Zoom which is an Android tablet running Honeycomb. It's also based on Tegra 2 and looks to be a great tablet. Check out the video below to get an idea of what it looks like..."

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CES 2011: OCZ Vertex 3 SSDs and ZX Power Supplies @ Legit Reviews
"OCZ has been on the forefront of both consumer and enterprise SSD market for some time now and there aren't any signs that they are slowing up anytime soon. With one of the most diverse lines of SSD products of any manufacturer and the wildly popular Vertex line in their back pocket, they are forging ahead with the Vertex 3 line for both consumer and enterprise storage solutions..."

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CES 2011 Day 1 Coverage: Corsair | Kingston | Thermaltake | Trendnet @ Tweaknews
"A roundup of what we saw and experienced at our first day at CES 2011 including Corsair, Thermaltake, Patriot, Kingston and Trendnet"

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Thursday, January 6, 2011
AMD Releases Radeon HD 6000 Series Open-Source Support
"On the same day that we learn VIA's Linux support is basically dead and after a troubling week for Intel with regards to open-source graphics support for their new Sandy Bridge CPUs, Advanced Micro Devices has come forward and released open-source graphics driver support for their AMD Radeon HD 6000 series of graphics cards."

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Wednesday, January 5, 2011
AMD Phenom II X4 840 3.20 GHz @ techPowerUp
"The return of Phenom II X4 800 marks AMD's yet another push to secure its dominance in the budget market, and its first representative, the Phenom II X4 840 has all of the features to continue the legacy of legendary Athlon II X4 620 - the first $100 quad processor. Clocked at high 3.20 GHz, and priced at $102, Phenom II X4 840 is going to compete nicely in this segment."

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Patriot Box Office Media Player Firmware Update Guide @ Legit Reviews
"Right now, you can get the Patriot Box Office for under $80, and for a player that can play almost every format without a hiccup, it is well worth it if you are shopping for a set-top box. The newest firmware P61-R2 brings a totally new interface to the Box Office. The GUI features something called the “IMS” (Internet Media Service) that contains applications for video streaming, RSS news updates, audio/radio streaming directly from the internet..."

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AMD Phenom II X4 975 BE 3.60 GHz @ techPowerUp
"AMD starts the new year with yet another fastest clocked processor introduced to the retail market. Clocked at 3.60 GHz, and with fair pricing, Phenom II X4 975 BE is reinforcing AMD's line of defense against oncoming Sandy Bridge models and needs to maintain AMD's strong presence in th emainstream market, at least until the Bulldozer architecture is ready."

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CyberPower Gamer Xtreme 5000 Intel P67 Sandy Bridge System Review @ ThinkComputers.org
"“Finally Intel’s Sandy Bridge is here! I’m sure you have heard about it a lot in the past few months. This new CPU architecture is still built on the 32nm process and is still branded Core i3, i5 and i7 so what really is new? These new processors are supposed to be more efficient, have the best integrated graphics ever from Intel and they are to be priced quite competitively. This of course is not an Intel Sandy Bridge review, this is a CyberPower system review! They have really built an awesome Sandy Bridge system for us and we can’t wait to check it out! Read on to see what Sandy Bridge really can do and how awesome this system is!"

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MSI P67A Big Bang Marshal Unveiled @ Benchmark Revie
"The International Consumer Electronics Show is a virtual utopia for the gadget geek. At the 2011 CES unveiling event where industry leaders offer an early look at their product showcase, Benchmark Reviews was live on the scene snooping out details and revealing the upcoming product line. Our first stop is MSI, otherwise known as MicroStar International. For those that don't already know, MSI specializes in making military-grade desktop motherboard hardware for dead-serious hardcore enthusiasts... as in record-setting Liquid Nitrogen sub-zero cooling serious. MSI commits to this charge with events like the upcoming MSI Master Overclocking Arena 2011 competition, but now that we've entered the age of Intel's Sandy Bridge platform everyone is wondering what they'll offer next..."

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Tuesday, January 4, 2011
DeepCool V6000 VGA Cooler Review @ Tweaknews
"To be to the point, the Deepcool V6000 is a very decent aftermarket VGA cooler. It does a good job of keeping the graphics card cool while adding only the bare minimum of additional noise thanks to its super quiet fans."

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In Win Dragon Slayer mATX Case Review @ ThinkComputers.org
"“Many people are turning to mATX setups for LAN gaming systems and home theater PC systems. There are not a ton of options when it comes to mATX cases; most are cube cases that do not offer a lot of features. Well today we have a mATX that is designed just like any other mid tower case and has quite a few options. What case are we talking about? The Dragon Slayer from In Win, let’s take a look…"

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AMD Phenom-II X4-975 Black Edition @ Benchmark Reviews
"To start off the new year right, AMD is filling in some more of their Phenom-II lineup. Two AMD CPUs set for release in early January 2011 are the Phenom-II X4-840 and the Phenom-II X4-975BE. The Phenom-II X4-975BE HDZ975FBK4DGM will become AMDs newest flagship quad-core processor. The Thuban based 6-core processors have taken AMD's top spot away from the Phenom-II X4 Deneb based series, but the quad-cores still pack a lot of performance and come at a price that is much less expensive than the Intel alternative. The Phenom-II X4-975BE comes set for release at an MSRP of $195 and at a screaming 3.6Ghz clock speed. In this article, Benchmark Reviews is putting the Phenom-II X4-975BE through its paces. It's really going to have to perform well to compete with the new Sandy Bridge platform coming out at the same time."

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AMD Phenom-II X4-840 Processor @ Benchmark Reviews
"The New Year is starting off well for the computer hardware industry. Intel is releasing the long-awaited Sandy Bridge platform and AMD is filling in more of the Phenom-II and Athlon-II series. The two AMD CPUs set for release in early January 2011 are the Phenom-II X4-840 and the Phenom-II X4-975BE. The Phenom-II X4-840 HDX840WFK42GM is the latest budget quad-core processor released by AMD. Set for release at an MSRP of only $102, the Phenom-II X4-840 could be a very affordable quad-core processor that brings a high level of performance to your computer without breaking the bank. In this article, Benchmark Reviews will help you decide if you want to spend some of your holiday cash on the new Phenom-II X4-840 CPU."

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AMD Phenom II X4 975BE and 840 CPU Reviews @ Legit Reviews
"AMD has just released their latest quad-core speed-bump in order to give consumers the option for a little more bang and a little more buck. With the release of the AMD Phenom II X4 975 'Black Edition' processor, AMD has added a new king to their Phenom II X4 quad-core product line. The previous leader in this category was the Phenom II X4 970 at 3.5GHz and 125W TDP. The 975 adds 100MHz for a total of 3.6GHz. This clock speed not only marks the highest quad core, but the highest base factory clock chip in all of AMD's desktop processor lines. With a price-point of $195, AMD also maintains their sub-$200 barrier in their quad-core processors..."

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Monday, January 3, 2011
Corsair Graphite 600T Computer Case Review @ Tweaknews
"As you can probably tell for the review, I like Corsair's 600T very much. The look is very refreshing with the sleek, rounded profile and graphite gray and black finish. Three big fans provide good interior cooling and the white LEDs on the front and top fans lend the case some understated visual interest."

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Amazon EC2 Micro: Barely Faster Than A Nokia N900?
"In December we published our first set of Amazon EC2 benchmarks for their Elastic Compute Cloud using Ubuntu EC2 and the different instances that were compatible. Now though we are in the process of carrying out a new set of benchmarks from Amazon's cloud that not only contains more tests, but using the official Amazon Linux AMI we tested nearly every instance type. Except what is missing are the results for the"

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Intel Sandy Bridge Linux Graphics? It's A Challenge
"Intel does have out launch-day support (in the form of Git code) for the new graphics found on Sandy Bridge, but you must be willing and comfortable building the graphics stack from source on any modern Linux distribution. This would be a big problem for new Linux users and even journalists -- aside from at Phoronix where building graphics drivers from source is a daily ritual. Unfortunately, the open-source Linux graphics driver stack does not allow new/updated drivers to be easily installed like driver installations are done on Windows or under Linux with the ATI Catalyst and NVIDIA binary drivers."

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Intel Core i7-2820QM - Sandy Bridge For Notebook PCs @ Legit Reviews
"The Intel Core i7-2820QM Sandy Bridge processor is by far the most impressive mobile processor that we have ever seen and the performance shown is even more impressive when you take into consideration that this is on an early Intel reference system! Sandy Bridge will surely take performance to the next level for mobile users. The best experience we had with this notebook had to be when we ran Cyberlink MediaEspresso and saw such a dramatic drop in conversion times. We weren't expecting to see a performance increase like that and it goes to show that when the Intel engineers went to the drawing table years ago for Intel Quick Sync Video that their market research was spot on and that consumers want and need more hardware based video processing. We were also amazed to see CPU usage during Blu-ray playback being so low..."

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ASUS P8P67 EVO Sandy Bridge Motherboard @ Benchmark Reviews
"The ASUS P8P67 EVO is an EVOlutionary leap over previous motherboards, and introduces several new features such as the long-awaited UEFI BIOS, Digi+VRM digital power management, Bluetooth remote overclocking control, and ASUS HyperDuo technology that combines a HDD with SSD to create a hybrid storage drive. Despite its many new features, the ASUS P8P67 EVO motherboard is only one half of the equation. Designed as the performance platform for mainstream enthusiasts, the P67 series unlocks and multiplies performance with Intel Core-i3/i5/i7 'Sandy Bridge' processors. In this article, Benchmark Reviews will explore the ASUS P8P67 EVO motherboard and test its overclocking limits with the unlocked Sandy Bridge Intel Core i7-2600K CPU."

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Intel Core i7-2600K Sandy Bridge CPU @ Benchmark Reviews
"Intel's processor development follows a regular "tick-tock" cycle. The "tick" is the refinement of an existing architecture; the "tock" is a new architecture. Proceeding at a roughly yearly pace, the "tick-tock" model brought us the 45nm Nehalem architecture processors (the original Core-i3, -i5, and -i7 CPUs) as a "tock", and the subsequent 32nm Westmere processors as the "tick" part of the cycle. Now, Intel introduces their new Sandy Bridge architecture as the latest "tock", and Benchmark Reviews checks out the new Sandy Bridge-based Core i7-2600K. This unlocked, 3.4GHz, Hyper-Threading, quad-core CPU is the top of the Sandy Bridge line, and we'll see how it performs against the best AMD processors and Intel's own as well."

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Intel DP67BG P67-Express Motherboard @ Benchmark Reviews
"Intel processors are the favorites of many enthusiasts, but their motherboards have typically been relegated to OEM and business use since most of them did not offer the features enthusiasts wanted. Intel has accompanied the introduction of the new Sandy Bridge CPUs and their supporting Cougar Point chipsets with a slew of new motherboards, some of which are targeted at the same enthusiast market served by the likes of ASUS, MSI, Gigabyte, and others. Benchmarks Reviews tests Intel's top-of-the-line P67 motherboard, the Intel DP67BG "Burrage", to see if it has what it takes to compete in this arena."

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ASUS P8P67 LGA-1155 Motherboard @ Benchmark Reviews
"ASUS introduces several new features on their P8P67 motherboard series, such as the long-awaited UEFI BIOS, DIGI+ VRM digital power management, Bluetooth remote overclocking control, and ASUS HyperDuo technology that combines a HDD with SSD to create a hybrid storage drive. Despite its many new features, the ASUS P8P67 motherboard is only one half of the equation. Designed as the performance platform for mainstream enthusiasts, the P67 series unlocks and multiplies performance with Intel Core-i3/i5/i7 'Sandy Bridge' processors. In this article, Benchmark Reviews will explore the ASUS P8P67 motherboard and test its overclocking limits with the unlocked Sandy Bridge Intel Core i7-2600K CPU."

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Intel Core i5-2500K Sandy Bridge CPU @ Benchmark Reviews
"One of the processors in Intel's Sandy Bridge line-up that is being released in early January 2011 is the Intel Core i5-2500K. Intel is calling Sandy Bridge the 2nd Generation of Intel Core Processors. That also happens to be the significance of the 2 in the name of the Core i5-2500K. Sandy Bridge has promised to bring a lot of new ideas and technologies to the computer hardware industry, including improved media and gaming performance. The Intel Core i5-2500K is a quad-core, non-hyper-threaded, 3.3GHz processor equipped with the latest version of Intel's Turbo Boost. Set to be priced at $205 dollars, the Intel Core i5-2500K competes directly with the top end AMD Phenom-II X4 processors in price. In this article, Benchmark Reviews is bringing you the scoop on the Intel Core i5-2500K, including its performance against AMD's newest flagship quad-core, the Phenom-II X4-975BE."

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Intel DH67BL H67-Express Motherboard @ Benchmark Reviews
"The moment is finally here, and Intel's Sandy Bridge is upon us. The long-awaited release of Intel's newest mainstream platform has arrived. The Sandy Bridge platform represents the tock cycle in Intel's 32nm construction process and promises to bring a lot of innovation to the table, especially where media is concerned. Benchmark Reviews is as interested in this new, mainstream, media-centric solution as anyone. In this article, we are shedding some light on the new H67 chipset through a detailed look at the Intel DH67BL Bearup Lake H67 Motherboard."

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Sunday, January 2, 2011
Intel Core i5-2500K Sandy Bridge GPU Performance @ techPowerUp
"Intel's new Core processors based on the Sandy Bridge Architecture have been released. They bring a new integrated graphics core that effectively doubles rendering power compared to the last generation. It also includes numerous new features geared to both the gamer and consumer."

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