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Monday, February 28, 2011
Fractal Design Define XL system enclosure review in Metku.net
"Fractal Design introduces their new tower case that is bigger than the previous R2/R3 models. Does it offer the features that you need for your next system enclosure?!"

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SteelSeries Shift MMO Gaming Keyboard Review @ Legit Reviews
"What really makes the SteelSeries Shift keyboard unique is its ability to swap out keysets. On the right side of the keyboard is a lock which, when pulled up, allows the keys to be removed. After removing the keyset, we can see the rubber domes which are made of high quality silicone which SteelSeries claims will extend the life of the keys to about 15 million keystrokes. This also allows the keyboard to be cleaned easily with some canned air or a vacuum which I think is also a plus...."

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OCZ Vertex 3 240GB Solid State Drive Review @ ThinkComputers.org
"ďOnly a little while ago we visited OCZ at CES and they showed us some of their upcoming solid state drives. These new drives feature the SandForce SF-2200 controller and boast blistering fast speeds. OCZ has been at the forefront of SSD technology and this year they are going to be releasing a ton of new drives. One of the first drives based on the new SandForce SF-2200 controller is the Vertex 3. This drive has a max read of 550MB/s and max write of 525MB/s! Those are some of the fastest advertised speeds we have seen in a consumer drive! OCZ was nice enough to send us an engineering sample version of the drive with BETA firmware on it, so letís take a look!"

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The Future of Computer Enclosures @ Benchmark Reviews
"I can remember the lead-sleds that rolled with a curb weight similar to moving vans, and it reminds me of modern-day desktop computer cases. Originally, giant-sized computer cases painted in beige were once the de facto standard for system builders wanting to construct their own IBM clone personal computer from separate components. I believed this horrible trend would phase itself out around the turn of the century, but when Y2K came and went and there was still significant demand for large full-tower cases I knew something was wrong. The more things change in this industry, the more they seem to remain the same. Now more than ten years later, we're still building our PCs with the same heft as an Oldsmobile Toronado."

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Sunday, February 27, 2011
Making More Informed Linux Hardware Choices
"Matthew Tippett and I talked this weekend at the Southern California Linux Expo on the matter of making more informed Linux hardware choices. While Linux hardware support has come along way, it is not perfect and there are still shortcomings. However, with Phoronix Test Suite 3.0 and OpenBenchmarking.org, which were released in Los Angeles, we believe there are now the capabilities to dramatically enhance the Linux hardware and software experience. These freely available tools are not only a game-changer for Linux, but have the capabilities to impact how projects and organizations handle their Windows, Mac OS X, BSD, and Solaris testing as well."

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Saturday, February 26, 2011
2 Days Left for Month One Giveaway! / Tweaknews 10 Year Anniversary Contest / Giveaway - 10 Months of Prizes!!!
"Just two days are left to register for our first of ten months of giveaways. This month we are giving away a Bitfenix Survivor Case, A Zotac mini-pc and a Cooler Master Storm Sentinal Gaming Mouse. Come on over and check it out and win some great gear!!!"

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Intel Gallium3D Graphics Driver Performance
"While Intel remains to be the only major graphics vendor standing strong behind their classic Mesa driver on Linux for open-source support rather than drawing up plans to move to the Gallium3D driver architecture, there is actually available a Gallium3D driver available for Intel hardware. This Intel Gallium3D driver has been around since close to Gallium3D's inception, but it targets the older generations of Intel IGPs and was developed by VMware as a proof of concept. The driver is incomplete, but our testing shows that for those with Intel 945 netbooks and other hardware, the"

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Kingston SSDNow V100 128GB SSD Review @ Legit Reviews
"Priced at $240 for the drive and desktop upgrade kit, the Kingston SSDNow V100 128GB SSD falls in the middle of the pack in terms of price in comparison to its peers. It's available in 64GB, 128GB and 256GB capacities with notebook and desktop upgrade kits available for all three sized drives as well. The 128GB desktop bundle version we received offers read speeds topping out at 250MB/s and writes at up to 230MB/s and is covered by a three year warranty...."

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Friday, February 25, 2011
AMD Opens Up XvBA, Their Catalyst Linux Video API
"Coming as a shock right now though is that AMD has finally opened up the X-Video Bitstream Acceleration interface. They have released an XvBA SDK (with a header file), sample code, and a sample library."

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SilverStone Milo ML03 HTPC
"With all attention this week being turned to finishing up Phoronix Test Suite 3.0-Iveland and OpenBenchmarking.org for its launch tomorrow during the Southern California Linux Expo, there is no major Linux article in the queue for today, but we are looking at what SilverStone describes as"

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Antec Six Hundred V2 PC Case Review @ Legit Reviews
"A little over a month ago we announced the Antec Six Hundred v2 on Legit Reviews. Today, we have that very same case to look at and give our opinion on. The Antec 600 v2 is a slight redesign of the original Antec 600 featuring some new attributes like a larger storage hole for cables, front hot-swap 2.5"

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Antec DF-85 @ techPowerUp
"The Darkfleet series from Antec features a very industrial design and comes jam packed with fans and features. There are models for every budget and the DF-85 is the largest of the bunch. we take a look at the many unique extras within the chassis and walk away impressed by both the price and performance."

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Antec K‹HLER H2O 620 Review @ Tweaknews
"Antec's first foray into the watercooling arena is a very nice product. Given that the Kuhler H2O 620 is another rebranded Asetek unit, I was pleasantly surprised to find that the performance came very close to the Corsair H70 unit with its big radiator and dual fans."

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Thermalright Silver Arrow CPU Cooler @ Benchmark Reviews
"CPU cooler design (for air coolers, anyway) boils down to a few simple truths: while things like heat pipe technology and base finish are important, the determining factors in a heat sink's performance are its size and its airflow. Size is critical because the more metal a CPU cooler contains, the more mass there is to absorb heat. Airflow is important because the heat must be transferred from the heat sink to the surrounding air. With its Silver Arrow design, Thermalright seeks to maximize both of these parameters within the limitations imposed by a standard computer case, and the result is a giant cooler with twin 140mm fans. In this review, Benchmark Reviews puts the Thermalright Silver Arrow CPU cooler to the test against a selection of high-end air and water coolers."

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Thursday, February 24, 2011
SandForce SF-2000 Series SSD Overview @ Benchmark Reviews
"Less than one year ago SandForce gained control of the consumer solid state drive market with their SandForce SF-1200 SSD Processor. This technology replaced the previous generation of Barefoot SSDs designed around South Korean-based Indilinx, Inc. While popular themselves, Indilinx Barefoot MLC SSDs lacked proper NAND management and performance dramatically degraded over time. SandForce DuraClass technology paired to TRIM support in Windows 7 has helped with this concern, but it was their RAISE technology that provides RAID-like protection for single SSD computer systems paired to AES-128 automatic data encryption that put them on top. Now preparing to ship their second generation of SSD processors, Benchmark Reviews takes a look at the differences."

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OCZ Vertex 3 240GB SATA 3 6Gbps SandForce SSD Preview @ Legit Reviews
"Overall, the Vertex 3 240GB drive is a beast. While we've seen better performance in OCZ's own RevoDrives, those are PCI-E based and set up in a RAID configuration. Even then, the Vertex 3 bested the original RevoDrive in a number of tests. The combination of the SandForce SF-2281 controller and the SATA III 6Gbps interface has really taken the SATA based SSD to a new level. With 550MB/s reads and 525MB/s writes, it sets the pace for the crowd of drives that are sure to follow...."

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Wednesday, February 23, 2011
Sapphire Radeon HD 6870 On Linux
"In this review today at Phoronix we are testing out the Sapphire Radeon HD 6870 Vapor-X 1GB graphics card to see how this popular AMD Radeon graphics processor is performing under Linux."

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Crucial Ballistix DDR3-1866 6GB Triple Channel Memory Kit Review @ ThinkComputers.org
"ďA little while ago we took a look at a 4GB dual channel Ballistix kit from Crucial. Today Crucial has sent us a 6GB triple channel kit of Ballistix and we are very eager to see how it performs. This 6GB kit runs at 1866MHz with timings of 9-9-9-24 at 1.65V. Just like the other kit we took a look at this kit features XMP profiles, Crucialís new Ballisitx heatspreaders and on-board temperature sensors and monitoring software. Letís check them out!"

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Antec SoundScience Rockus 3D 2.1 Speaker System Review @ Tweaknews
"Antec's Soundscience has made an impressive launch into the PC speaker market with the Rockus 3d 2.1 system. Not only can a buyer expect to hear sparkling high frequencies, clear midrange and tight bass response, the 3D sound adds a level of immersion to games and movies that other 2.1 systems cannot reproduce."

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PowerColor AX6950 PCS++ Video Card @ Benchmark Reviews
"AMD's new Radeon HD 6900 series occupies the top position in their single-GPU product hierarchy. The two models, the HD 6950 and HD 6970 are very much like the HD 5850 and HD 5870 that they replace. The xx50 cards generally run at a lower clock rate and have a few sections of the GPU disabled, presumably because the vendor is trying to reclaim chips that have a small, isolated manufacturing defect. But what happens when your manufacturing process is so good that you're not producing enough "defective" chips to meet the market demand? When is a 6950 not a 6950? Well, quite often, as it turns out. In the case of the PowerColor PCS++ Radeon HD 6950 video card, it just depends on which way you flip the switch. Push it one way and you have a standard Radeon HD 6950, with 1408 shaders running at 800 MHz. Push it the other way and you have 1536 shaders running at 880 MHz, which is the exact configuration of the HD 6970. The only difference is that PowerColor kept the 1250 MHz memory chips in the PCS++, instead of springing for the 1500 MHz memory, like a real HD 6970 has. Join Benchmark Reviews as we investigate this unique product from PowerColor, that's sure to cause some excitement in the marketplace."

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Tuesday, February 22, 2011
Motorola Atrix 4G Smartphone Performance Benchmarks @ Legit Reviews
"As you can see from the Quadrant benchmark result chart, the Motorola Atrix 4G dominated the other 1GHz devices that were all running Android 2.2 or 2.2.1! The Motorola Atrix was nearly 2.5x faster than the HTC Droid Incredible and the Samsung Epic 4G. The Motorola Droid X did a little better than the other single-core phones, but can you really call half the speed better? The Motorola Atrix 4G with the NVIDIA Tegra 2 processor was the only Android powered smartphone tested that was running a dual-core CPU and that certainly helped..."

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Windows 7 Service Pack 1 Graphics Performance Analysis @ techPowerUp
"Today Microsoft released Windows 7 Service Pack 1 to the public. We wanted to check if there are some gaming performance gains included the upgrade, so we ran NVIDIA's and ATI's flagship graphics cards through our VGA benchmarking suite."

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XFX Radeon HD 6850 Black Edition Video Card Review @ Legit Reviews
"I played a ton of games on the XFX Radeon HD 6850 and loved every minute of it, even though I am used to a cross fire setup, unless I was looking at the FPS meter in game I couldn't visibly tell the difference between the two setups. At a price of $179.99 with a double lifetime warranty it was well within the same price range of the other cards at this performance point. When it came down to it this card was an overclocking monster, a 23% stable overclock is nothing to scoff at, and i think it had more room to work with. If you are less chicken than me go for it and see how far you can take this card. Compared to the 5770's the XFX Radeon HD 6850 was way more agreeable to overclocking as the 5770's I could only get to around 960MHz before I was afraid to go any further. So to break the 1Ghz mark with this card was killer to me..."

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In Win Dragon Rider @ techPowerUp
"The Dragon Rider is not only an extremely cool case to look at, but also has a very long and interesting feature set that should grab your attention. We take the Dragon Rider for a spin and look behind that shield of a front to see if it manages to fend itself off or if the armor is cracked upon closer inspection."

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TRENDnet TEW-691GR 450Mbps Wireless N Gigabit Router Review @ ThinkComputers.org
"ďThe TRENDnet TEW-691GR 450Mbps Wireless N Gigabit Router is a sleek looking router with a long name and potentially big performance. Weíll examine the specs, packaging, features, interface and of course performance, to determine if the TEW-691GR can survive in your personal network."

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Monday, February 21, 2011
Corsair Graphite 600T Computer Case @ Benchmark Reviews
"It seems that vanity has no limit, as there aren't many markets more entwined in style and appearance than the consumer electronics industry. It makes sense, since these are called Personal Computers, after all. Identity is everything to consumers, which is what makes computer cases such a personal choice for system builders. Corsair is helping to make these decisions a little easier for enthusiasts by offering their Corsair Graphite 600T computer case. Like most things that come from this performance-orientated company, the Graphite series of computer enclosures delivers what people want most. In this article, Benchmark Reviews investigates the CC600T model for functionality and value."

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PQI 64GB SDXC Class 10 Flash Memory Card Review @ Legit Reviews
"The 64GB PQI SDXC card has a very impressive storage capacity with respectable performance numbers. For example the Canon EOS Rebel 550D/T2i DSLR camera records HD video and the user's manual recommends at least Class 6 memory cards in order to record 1080p video smoothly. The PQI 64GB SDXC card should be able to keep up when recording 1080p video and images in continuous burst mode. Having a card that pushes 20MB/s read and write also means you can easily offload all of images and videos from the memory card to computer..."

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NZXT Phantom Computer Case Review @ Tweaknews
"The more I played with the NZXT Phantom, the more I liked it. The white finish with its black accents really makes this case stand out from the crowd and the roomy interior was a joy to work in thanks to the excellent cable management."

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In Win Dragon Rider Full Tower Case Review @ ThinkComputers.org
"ďOver the past few years In Win has been designing a lot of different cases to stir up the competition with larger manufactures. Their latest Full Tower Case, the In Win Dragon Rider is no exception to In Winís quality products. The Dragon Rider has advanced features such as a CPU backplate cooling fan, two USB 3.0 easy access ports and support for E-ATX motherboards. The case also includes 4 fans and has support of up to 10 fans to go along with its already cool and quiet design. Letís take a closer look."

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Sunday, February 20, 2011
iTalkman modding project in Metku.net
"By combining some odd pieces together, one can greate something new and unique. How about a fridge inside a mobile phone?"

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InWin Dragon Slayer mATX case Review @ XtremeComputing
"InWin is not the most well known brand, at least amongst UK enthusiasts, however with the ambitions and working ethic that In Win have set out, I am looking forward to reviewing their latest PC case."

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Saturday, February 19, 2011
Speck PixelSkin HD iPhone 4 Case Review @ ThinkComputers.org
"ďLike many iPhone case manufacturers Speck has updated many of their popular iPhone 3 and 3GS cases to the iPhone 4. This way if you loved your old iPhone case and upgraded to the iPhone 4 you can still get the same great case. A while ago we took a look at the PixelSkin iPhone 3 & 3GS case and today we are taking a look at the PixelSkin HD case, which is the newer version for the iPhone 4. This case seems to be slimmer and does not have the same rubber finish as the original PixelSkin, letís take a lookÖ"

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Friday, February 18, 2011
HIS Radeon HD 6850 IceQ X Turbo 1 GB @ techPowerUp
"HIS has designed a new cooler called IceQ X. It comes with a light blue transparent plastic shell that conveys an "ice block" feeling. In our testing we saw low idle and load temperatures, evidence that the cooler does a good job. The card also comes with increased clock speeds out of the box to gain some extra advantage over the reference design."

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Lamptron FC-8 Fan Controller Review @ Legit Reviews
"The FC-8's performance was great. I had high expectations as their packaging boasted about both high performance in the form of low heat generation and excellent build quality with component choice. Lamptron did not disappoint in this regard. With high quality solid Japanese capacitors and MOSFETs which barely rose above the ambient temperature I can give deep praise to Lamptron in their adherence to their word. Voltage regulation was also phenomenal on this unit with only a 1.6% change from the nominal value..."

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LLVM 2.9 Clang Performance On Intel's Sandy Bridge
"Earlier this month benchmarks were published on Phoronix showing the GCC 4.6 compiler performance with AVX support under Intel's new Sandy Bridge processors that are the first to provide Advanced Vector Extensions support. The Core i5 2500K CPU performance is already great under Linux, but once more Linux software supports taking advantage of this latest cross-vendor instruction set, there will be even more speed-ups. While the Low-Level Virtual Machine does not yet have full support for taking advantage of the Advanced Vector Extensions support, in this article we are looking at how the latest development code for LLVM 2.9 and the Clang compiler are performing on Intel's Sandy Bridge in relation to GCC."

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Thursday, February 17, 2011
Excito B3 Home Server reviewed in Metku.net
"When a swedish manufacturer Excito introduced their B3 home server, we got very interested. Tons of different services in a very small box that also offers a lot of connectivity options was something we just had to take a closer look..."

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ASUS GeForce GTX 570 Direct CU II @ techPowerUp
"ASUS is expanding their triple-slot cooler graphics card lineup. Their GeForce GTX 570 Direct CU II offers amazingly low noise levels as well as low operating temperatures in both idle and 3D. ASUS has also increased to clock speeds out of the box, even though the icnrease is only minimal. But with a price increase of just $10 there is not much to complain about."

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OCZ Vertex 3 Pro SandForce SF-2582 200GB SSD Preview @ Legit Reviews
"In the end, we think the Vertex 3 line will live up to the expectations their predecessors set by being a high performance, quality drive and OCZ did well to retain the moniker. OCZ does manufacture their own PCB which is an extra peace of mind knowing they didn't source it to the lowest bidder as others may do. At speeds of 550MB/s & 500MB/s reads/writes, those that moved up to a Sandy Bridge platform should strongly consider holding out for these newer drives fueled by the SandForce SF-2000 series controllers...."

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Gigabyte X58-USB3 Intel X58 Motherboard Review @ ThinkComputers.org
"ďWith the release of the Sandy Bridge processors and Intelís P67 chipset you may think that X58 systems are done with, but they are really not. If you are a hardcore gamer or PC enthusiast who wants to get the most out of their CPU the X58 platform is still your best bet. It is also the only platform to support triple channel memory and Intelís Core i7 processors. The thing that holds many people back from getting a X58 system is the price of the components. Well Gigabyte knows this and has released the X58-USB3 board that is a lower-priced board that still has all the great features you want with an X58 setup. Letís take a lookÖ"

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Thermaltake Jing CPU Cooler CLP0574 @ Benchmark Reviews
"With cars, a frequent trade-off buyers must consider is performance versus mileage. All other things being equal, higher performance cars generally use more fuel than lower-performance cars. There are ways to work around this: for example, reducing a vehicle's weight will improve both performance and mileage. CPU coolers make similar trade-offs: better performance is often accompanied by more noise, and the workaround is to make the cooler larger, since more metal dissipates more heat with a slower, quieter airflow. Thermaltake's new Jing CPU cooler attempts to hit the sweet spot of the performance/noise compromise, and Benchmark Reviews pits it against a collection of high-end air coolers and water coolers to see how it compares."

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Wednesday, February 16, 2011
G.Skill Ripjaws 1600 MHz DDR3 CL9 8 GB @ techPowerUp
"The G.Skill Ripjaws come in various flavors and capacities, but focus more on the mainstream overclocker. With many different versions and color variants of the kit out there, one could wonder if G.Skill is not simply trying to create models to cover every memory chip they get their hands on. But, we take a look at the 1600 MHz kit and are surprised to find headroom, lots and lots of headroom."

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Intel Graphics On Linux Still Behind Windows
"Now that I finally have Sandy Bridge graphics working under Linux, thanks to another H67 motherboard and Core i5 2500K processor from Intel that don't exhibit the earlier problems, there's many Linux benchmarks available. Overall the Core i5 2500K graphics under Linux with the latest kernel / DDX / Mesa are fast, for being Intel integrated graphics and much improved over their previous generations of hardware. But how do these first-cut Intel Linux Sandy Bridge drivers compare to the drivers of the same age under Windows? In this article are benchmarks comparing the Intel Core i5 2500K graphics performance under Microsoft Windows 7 SP1 and Ubuntu 10.10."

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ECS P67H2-A Black Extreme Motherboard Performance Review @ Legit Reviews
"ECS is trying to improve the image of their products by releasing high end"

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Thermaltake Max 5G USB 3.0 External Hard Drive Enclosure Review @ ThinkComputers.org
"ďExternal hard drive enclosures have been around for quite a long time, I can always remember having one around to use as a backup or storage drive. With USB 3.0 becoming pretty much standard on all new motherboards new enclosures like Thermaltakeís Max 5G take advantage of the super fast speeds on USB 3.0. This new enclosure from Thermaltake features a super fast USB 3.0 connection, dual 80mm active cooling LED fans and support for SATA I, II and 6GB/s drives up to 2TB. Letís take a lookÖ"

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Zaward Vapor 120 @ techPowerUp
"Zaward drew inspiration from the golf ball to enhance air-flow using a "heatsink breathing design", as well as heat dissipation with its Vapor 120 CPU cooler. In the process, it came up with a rather slim-looking 120 mm tower-type heatsink. Will Zaward's golf ball-inspired CPU cooler click?"

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VisionTek Killer HD5770 Combo Card @ Benchmark Reviews
"The VisionTek Killer HD5770 Combo Video Card combines a Bigfoot Networks Killer E2100 NIC and a Radeon HD5770 GPU to offer a complete gaming solution that undercuts the price of buying both seperately, also combining the network controller with the video card takes more work of your CPU's shoulders allowing it to be better utilized in other areas of your games. I'm sure you are thinking that the HD5770 is probably not the most powerful GPU out there and that VisionTek could have maybe used something with a bit more grunt but this combination of technologies takes the original VisionTek HD5770 from 7.5 inches long to 10 inches long, so it makes sense for obvious reasons. Benchmark Reviews aims to provide you with an unbiased review of the VisionTek Killer HD5770 and report back our findings, keeping you informed on the latest technologies available on the market today."

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Tuesday, February 15, 2011
Gelid Icy Vision Rev 2 Graphics Card Cooler Review @ Tweaknews
"Gelid has started their aftermarket cooling legacy with a strong step by releasing the Icy Vision Rev. 2. The cooler has certainly passed the performance tests and proven it's a contender. Gelid's design is adaptable, versatile, and backed up with very competitive results."

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BitFenix Shinobi Preview @ techPowerUp
"We had a chance to take a look at the BitFenix Shinobi chassis pre-production sample, which is the first budget chassis from the upstart BitFenix. While the Colossus and Survivor managed to turn heads with unique looks, the Shinobi packs an understated design and a mean price/performance punch."

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ZOTAC GeForce GTX 560 Ti AMP! Edition 1 GB @ techPowerUp
"ZOTAC's GeForce GTX 560 Ti AMP! Edition is the highest-clocked GTX 560 money can buy at the moment. Its blazing clocks of 950 MHz core and 1100 MHz memory give it a 12% real-life performance advantage over the reference design, which is quite impressive for the $279 it's coming at. With additional overclocking we could reach 998 MHz, and almost broke the 1 GHz barrier!"

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Zalman ZM1000-HP Plus 1000W Power Supply Review @ ThinkComputers.org
"ďThinkComputers last reviewed a power supply unit from primarily cooling company Zalman in 2008, the ZM850-HP. Now, we have in our hands a much newer model building upon three years of innovation and standardization: the ZM1000-HP Plus. The ZM1000-HP Plus features a dual heatpipe cooling system, lots of connectors, modular cables, and 80PLUS Silver certification for efficiency. See how the unit measures up in this review."

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Monday, February 14, 2011
Xigmatek Achilles Plus SD1484 Heatsink @ Benchmark Reviews
"One of the benefits of testing computer hardware is that you occasionally get to look at new kit before it's introduced to the market. In my time at Benchmark Reviews, I've been fortunate enough to be able to review some cases and CPUs before they were generally available (or in some cases, before they were even announced). Recently Benchmark Reviews was given the oppotunity to evaluate a prototype of Xigmatek's forthcoming Achilles Plus SD1484 CPU cooler, and I tested it to compares its performance to a variety of air and water coolers."

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Asus Xonar DG Headphone Amp Sound Card Review @ Tweaknews
"Asus' Xonar line continues its impressive lineup with the Xonar DG, proving to be an exceptional value at $30. It does a good job providing richer, fuller sound over speakers, but the built-in headphone amp is where this card really excels."

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AXLE GeForce GT 430 1GB Video Card Review @ Legit Reviews
"I was impressed by the AXLE GeForce GT 430 video card, mainly by its cooling ability. Our review of the ASUS ENGT430 GeForce GT 430 video card showed the load temperature reaching up to 73C on that card, while the AXLE GeForce GT 430 barely broke a sweat at 41C. Overclock it a little bit and it still stays around 45C. It is geared more toward Home Theatre PCs, but it can be a decent card for gaming...as long as it is low resolution and you can sacrifice some of the eye candy...."

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ASUS ENGTX560 Ti DCII TOP Video Card @ Benchmark Reviews
"It's hard to believe the last time I used a Titanium NVIDIA GPU was in 2002. The GeForce GTX 560 Ti is the new boom in the "mid-end" sector. It replaces the highly overclock-able GTX 460 video card and adds extra MHz and cores increasing 20-40% performance in many games. As it could be expected, brands like ASUS, GIGABYTE or MSI will pair this GPU with a special heatsink-cooler and increase factory frequencies to sell it at a higher price. Benchmark Reviews tests the ASUS ENGTX560 Ti DCII TOP. DCII means this card now comes with an improved version of the Direct CU cooler, now with 2 fans and adding dissipation area. They also tag this product as TOP because it sports a 900MHz GPU core instead of the 822MHz from the reference design and 1050MHz instead of 1000MHz from stock. Aside from that, ASUS also bundles their very own overclocking/monitoring software to modify frequency and voltage values and add some extra performance for free. Let's have a look at the ASUS ENGTX560 Ti and check if it can be a good contender against the competition, including the highly acclaimed GeForce GTX 460."

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Friday, February 11, 2011
Deepcool Killer Whale Premium CPU Cooler Review @ Legit Reviews
"The Killer Whale Premium is a C-shaped top-down style cooler. The fan for the Killer Whale Premium is slightly different than a standard 120mm fan. A standard 120mm fan is 25mm thick; the fan for the Killer Whale Premium is 48mm thick. The extra thickness allows for more static pressure at the same RPM as the thinner fan. The fan for the Killer Whale Premium operates with an RPM range of 800 to 1800 RPM, 19.1 to 31.8dBA, and pushes up to 78.31CFM..."

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Cooler Master Storm Spawn 3500 DPI Gaming Mouse Review @ ThinkComputers.org
"ďOver the past year or two Cooler Master has been redefining gaming gear with the CM Storm line of products. One of their latest products is a smaller gaming mouse called the Spawn. The Spawn is wider and shorter than your typical gaming mouse and also has a low profile design. This third mouse on the CM Storm line is sure to fit the gamer who doesnít like bulky mice. Read on further to read more about the Spawnís unique ergonomic design."

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Thursday, February 10, 2011
Zalman N-Series Sandforce SSD Tests @ Benchmark Reviews
"Zalman is best known for their very quiet coolers, stylish computer cases, and power supply units. Now they're adding high-speed storage devices to their product stack, begining with a SandForce-driven Zalman N-Series SSD. The Zalman N-Series solid state drive is capable of 50,000 IOPS, with read bandwidth topping 280 MB/s while maximum write speeds reach up to 270 MB/s. In this article, Benchmark Reviews demonstrates that 4K IOPS performance is more important than speed for high-power computer users tests, and tests the 128GB Zalman SSD0128N1 SSD against some of the most popular storage devices available."

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ASUS GeForce ENGTX560 Ti DirectCU II Video Card Review @ Legit Reviews
"The ASUS ENGTX560 Ti DirectXU II Top edition video card proved itself to be faster than the NVIDIA GeForce GTX560 Ti reference design in our testing, but that was expected since it operates at a 900MHz versus the standard 823MHz clock speeds. We also found that it ran cooler at full load and was able to overclock better than the reference design thanks to the voltage adjustment feature (VoltageTweak) in the SmartDoctor utility. Being able to reach 1GHz on the GeForce GTX 560 when overclocking was nice..."

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When It Works, Intel Core i5 2500K Graphics On Linux Are Fast!
"After a month of headaches for Intel and myself, there are now Sandy Bridge graphics benchmark results from the Intel Core i5 2500K under Linux to finally publish. Sandy Bridge was a tough launch for Intel in terms of the Linux coverage with the media having problems building a working driver stack and then when I finally got my hands on a CPU, I ran into an entirely different set of show-stopping problems. The developers still have not solved the biggest original issue yet, but Intel sent out a new motherboard and another CPU and it happens to"

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ASUS GeForce GTX 580 Direct CU II @ techPowerUp
"ASUS' new GeForce GTX 580 DC2 uses a massive triple slot Direct CU II heatsink that increases cooling performance significantly. As a result the card is extremely quiet in both idle and load - quieter than many midrange cards. ASUS has also increased the operating clocks of their design, all this for a small price increase of $5."

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Noctua NH-C14 CPU Cooler Review @ ThinkComputers.org
"ďNoctua is a company that many enthusiast know about, but consumers may not. Noctua is based out of Austria and they makes some of the best performing and highest quality CPU coolers that we have seen. The interesting thing about their coolers is that they run very quiet. Today we will be taking a look at their new NH-C14 cooler. It features a C-shape top down design, 2 140mm fans, 6 copper heatpipes, aluminum fins, and a nickel plated copper base. Letís take a look at the NH-C14 and see how well it performs."

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Antec KAŐÉ1‚ĀĄ4hler H2O 620 Water Cooling System @ Benchmark Reviews
"Since Corsair popularized their version of Asetec's "LCLC" (low cost liquid cooling) system back in 2009, it seems that every time you look, another variation on the theme appears. All-in-one CPU water coolers have become popular and even mainstream, and for good reason: they're much cheaper than traditional liquid cooling systems, and offer a combination of good performance and generally low noise that makes them attractive alternatives to higher-end air coolers. The first generation of these coolers were virtually clones, with manufacturers doing little other than labeling Asetek's design, but we're starting to see some innovation in the area, and Antec's K√ľhler H20 620 steps into the market with its own unique take on the concept."

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Wednesday, February 9, 2011
Corsair Graphite Series 600T Case Review @ ThinkComputers.org
"ďCorsair is a company we all know for making great memory products. Over the past 2 years they have branched out releasing products like the HS1 USB Gaming Headset, Force Series F120 solid state drive, and the Obsidian Series 800D Case. What is interesting about Corsair is that every product that they have released is either the best in class or right up there. Not many companies can say that about every one of their products. Today we will be looking at the 600T case which is part of Corsairís Graphite Series. The case is Corsairís entry in to the mid-tower market and they have kept some of the same great features we saw on the Obsidian 800D case, but they are also keeping consumers in mind by keeping the price on this case relatively inexpensive compared to the 800D, letís take a look a see what the 600T is all about."

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Corsair CA-HS1NA USB Gaming Headset @ Benchmark Reviews
"It seems in this day and age everybody wants a piece of the PC peripherals market. This time Corsair, famous for manufacturing PC hardware, released its own lineup of high-end speakers and headsets. Packing in many popular features, the Corsair HS1NA USB Gaming Headset comes with 7.1 virtual surround sound and massive 50mm drivers. Corsair developed the HS1NA specifically for serious gamers, focusing on performance and comfort. Benchmark Reviews is excited to test Corsair's new headset to see if they took off on the right foot."

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Tuesday, February 8, 2011
Xigmatek Aegir Cooler Review @ Tweaknews
"Xigmatek's Aegir CPU cooler does indeed bring a lot to the party. With excellent cooling performance and a robust, yet easily installed mounting solution, this cooler ranks at the top of its class. White LEDs in the fan frame add a bit of visual interest to the smoky, PWM fan and will fit nicely into many color schemes for the enthusiast thet cares about this sort of thing."

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Corsair Vengeance 8GB DDR3 1600MHz Memory Kit Review @ Legit Reviews
"The Corsair Vengeance 8GB 1600MHz CL9 DDR3 memory kit is a great performer in every regard. Being able to overclock this memory kit easily to 1866MHz is huge! While it does not win outright in benchmarks it is narrowly behind. The results are so close that it would be tough to actually see the difference in everyday scenarios. Its true value lies in its cost per GB where at just $5 more provides double the capacity of the highest performing 2133MHz kit. It really is amazing that with the downturn in memory prices that for just $104.99 today we can get an 8GB memory kit that is Intel XMP certified to run at 1600MHz with a very low voltage, virtually guaranteeing you can hit higher speeds with a small increase in voltage. With an Intel Core i5 2500K CPU, a Corsair Vengeance memory kit, and a decently priced motherboard you would have a build that is both very overclocking friendly and an incredible performance per dollar..."

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OCZ Vertex 2 120GB 3.5-inch Solid State Drive Review @ ThinkComputers.org
"ďOCZ has been one of the big players in the solid state drive market since the first consumer drives were available. We have seen them really push the technology to the limit over the past year, but they are also still concerned about you the customer. That is why they have released 3.5-inch versions of both their Vertex 2 and Agility 2 solid state drives. The 3.5-inch form factor means you do not need an adapter and OCZ claims this design is a lower cost per GB. Letís take a look at this newly designed 3.5-inch version of the Vertex 2."

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Corsair Hydro H70 Water Cooling Kit @ Benchmark Reviews
"Although there were previous entries in the field, Corsair's Hydro Series H50 all-in-one sealed liquid cooling system was one of the first that actually worked, in the sense of being easy to install, reliable, and most importantly offering performance competitive with good air coolers while being quieter than most of them. The H50 became very popular and spurred competition from other vendors. The Corsair Hydro Series H70 improves upon the H50 design with a new pump and a much thicker radiator equipped with dual fans. It should offer significantly better performance than the H50, and Benchmark Reviews puts it to the test against a collection of air and water coolers to see how it compares."

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Monday, February 7, 2011
Updated Noctua NH-C14 Lower Noise Heatsink Review
"The Noctua NH-C14 is a big heatsink for sure, but remarkably by orienting the fans and aluminum fin stack in a top-down direction, Noctua keep the heatsinks' height to just 130mm. That's a far cry more compact than your typical 160mm tall tower heatsink, but that hasn't made the NH-C14 into a slouch. "

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RunCore Pro V 120GB Solid-State Drive Review @ Legit Reviews
"The RunCore Pro V 120 SSD is one of the few drives to come with the ability to connect to a USB port which is nice for data migration. They make it easy to do. The SATA II to USB connector just needs to be attached and fitted into the chrome piece and then the entire enclosure screws together. Performance will be severely hampered because of the limited bandwidth of USB 2.0 so nix any ideas of using it as an external USB drive ongoing - it would just be a waste of a good drive. Outside of the enclosure, the drive is very attractive. If you are into bling, the engraved brushed aluminum shell may ring your bell. As far as the SATA II performance goes, we saw greater performance than the 260MB/s read/write specifications RunCore lists in their specifications. In the ATTO benchmark, we saw closer to 275MB/s writes and 285MB/s reads. Overall, its well on par with the other SandForce drives we've tested as we anticipated as the drives push the SATA II bandwidth limits already so its nearly impossible to do any better..."

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GCC 4.6 Compiler Performance With AVX On Sandy Bridge
"While we are still battling issues with the Intel Linux graphics driver in getting that running properly with Intel's new Sandy Bridge CPUs (at least Intel's Jesse Barnes is now able to reproduce the most serious problem we've been facing, but we'll save the new graphics information for another article), the CPU performance continues to be very compelling. Two weeks ago we published the Intel Core i5 2500K Linux benchmarks that showed just how well this quad-core CPU that costs a little more than $200 USD is able to truly outperform previous generations of Intel hardware. That was just with running the standard open-source benchmarks and other Linux software, which has not been optimized for Intel's latest micro-architecture. Version 4.6 of the GNU Compiler Collection (GCC) though is gearing up for release and it will bring support for the AVX extensions. In this article, we are benchmarking GCC 4.6 on a Sandy Bridge system to see what benefits there are to enabling the Core i7 AVX optimizations."

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Corsair SP2500 2.1 Speaker System Review @ Tweaknews
"Corsair's entry into the PC speaker market has exceeded my expectations of what a 2.1 system can do. It's evident from the build quality and high-end components that a lot of forethought was put into this product, and the end result is exceptional sound that raises the bar for every other speaker set in this price range."

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CM Storm Spawn Optical Gaming Mouse @ Benchmark Reviews
"When Cooler Master made a splash into the competitive gaming market with its CM Storm subsidiary in 2008, they had the sole goal of "Arming the gaming revolution." After creating successful cases and mice, CM Storm has added yet another product to its line. The CM Storm Spawn gaming mouse is aiming at the more mainstream gaming crowd by providing great features but at a more affordable price. These features include a anti drift 3500DPI sensor, Japanese Omron micro-switches, and 32KB of onboard Sentinel-X memory all of a reasonable price of $49.99. Benchmark Reviews will look if all of these features add up to a great mouse for a reasonable price or if the CM Storm Spawn is just another generic gaming peripheral in the sea of gaming peripherals."

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Sunday, February 6, 2011
Western Digital My Book Essential 3 TB reviewed in Metku.net
"USB 2.0 has never been the connection for people in a hurry, as it's only been capable of transfer speeds up to about 30 MB/s. Now, however, with the introduction of USB 3.0, the USB is also a choice for the people looking for performance. Western Digital was kind enough to send us their new My Book Essential 3 TB USB3.0 drive, so let's see just how fast these things can be!"

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Friday, February 4, 2011
MP4Nation Brainwavz M1 In-ears @ techPowerUp
"MP4Nation's newest budget in-ears are called the M1s. These in-ears sell for $39.50 online. Compared to other in-ears these feature a rugged cable that even performs well microphonics wise. Surprisingly enough the M1 features a full bundle with seven pairs of tips and a carrying case."

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NZXT Bunker Secure USB 2.0 Drive Bay Review @ Legit Reviews
"The NZXT Bunker proved to be an innovative product that solves a problem that people have with their computers. Anyone from a LAN gamer to someone working in an office cubical could benefit from a device like this as you don't have to worry about your favorite mouse or headset being stolen when you leave the room for a few minutes. At $24.99 the guys at NZXT aren't asking much for the product, either, and that is always a plus..."

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Unigine OilRush Drills Closer To Release
"While Unigine Corp has yet to provide any public beta of its forthcoming OilRush strategy game or to even begin the pre-order process for interested Windows and Linux gamers, following our exclusive preview of Unigine OilRush back in December using an early development build available to Unigine Corp partners, we now have an updated build. This new build, which still is only available to Unigine's partners and deemed confidential, now puts OilRush at version 0.54 while running atop the very latest Unigine Engine."

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Patriot Viper Xtreme Division 2 DDR3-1866 8GB Dual Channel Memory Kit Review @ ThinkComputers.org
"ďA little while ago we took a look at Patriotís Viper Xtreme triple channel memory that is designed for Intel X58 systems. Today we are checking out the Viper Xtreme Division 2 Edition memory which is designed for Intelís 2nd generation ďSandy BridgeĒ Core processors. This memory has been rigorously tested and validated on the Intel 6 Series platform to achieve maximum performance and stability. The Division 2 memory has all of the same features as the original Viper Xtreme memory like the 6 gram copper core and aircraft-grade aluminum heatspreaders. Today we will be putting the 8GB DDR3-1866 kit to the test."

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In Win IronClad Case Review @ Tweaknews
"In Win's IronClad chassis has a lot to recommend it. The excellent cooling performance is probably its greatest asset, and the fact that this cooling comes at a relatively low noise penalty is just icing on the cake. A roomy interior that will mount just about any hardware you would want to throw at it is a big plus as well."

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Gunnar Optiks Shredder Digital Eyewear @ Benchmark Reviews
"Many of us take our eyes for granted nearly every day, as we spend countless hours in front of a computer monitor until the strain sends us home at night. Some people spend an entire day in front of the screen, only to go home and continue on a new display. The average person now spends more time working on computers than anything else, including sleep. This is where digital eyewear comes into action, helping to relieve the strain associated with extended periods behind a monitor. In this article, Benchmark Reviews inspects the Gunnar Catalyst Shredder performance glasses, which use i-AMP Lens Technology."

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Thursday, February 3, 2011
Air Cooler Roundup - Arctic Cooling vs. Thermaltake in Metku.net
"To see what's new on the market of CPU-coolers, we got three different air coolers for a small roundup - Thermaltake FrioOCK, Thermaltake Jing and Arctic Cooling Freezer Xtreme Rev.2."

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Lian Li PC-A04 @ techPowerUp
"Lian Li has taken the small form factor of the PC-A05N and has changed the interior in favor of mATX compatibility and added space to store up to 7 hard drives within the chassis. With a price tag of just under 100 Euros we take a really close look if it is as innovative as the A05N back in the day or if it is nothing but good looks."

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Logitech G35 Surround Sound Headset Review @ ThinkComputers.org
"ďIt has been a while since I have reviewed a headset. I have been using the same one for quite some time and I was in need of an upgrade. I decided on the Logitech G35 Surround Sound Headset that features Dolby 7.1 sound, user-defined profiles, 3 swappable headbands, on-ear audio controls and much more. Letís take a look and see if this headset was the right choice for my upgrade."

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CM Storm Strike Force SF-19 Laptop Cooler @ Benchmark Reviews
"In recent years when people solicit my opinion about buying a computer they are increasingly asking about laptops as opposed to desktops. They are turning to laptops as an all-purpose computing, working, and entertainment platform. High-end graphics, 19" screens and gigabytes of of bits can generate serious amounts of heat. But the vast majority of cooling options for laptops are meant for smaller machines with smaller heat profiles. For serious cooling CM Storm released the Strike Force SF-19 dual fan 19" laptop cooler. Model SGA-6000-KKYF1 is like the HAF X for laptops. Read on to see how the SF-19 performs under the Benchmark Reviews tests."

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Wednesday, February 2, 2011
id Tech 5 Engine May Be Open-Source
"id Software has a long history of being friendly towards the Linux and open-source communities. id Software was an early game company to support the Linux platform and they have ported many titles to Linux, including their popular Enemy Territory: Quake Wars, Quake 4, and Doom 3 titles. Their in-house id Tech game engines have been compatible with Linux and provide an OpenGL renderer. After the game engines have reached the end of their market life, id Software has also open-sourced these engines for use by the free software community. But with id Tech 5 could id Software possibly be open-source to begin with? The web-site for the Rage game seems to imply that id Tech 5 is in fact open-source."

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What OpenBenchmarking.org Is About
"February has finally arrived. Later this month Phoronix Test Suite 3.0"

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Raidmax Blackstorm @ techPowerUp
"Raidmax is well known for their spacey looking cases and the Blackstorm is no execption. Available in black/blue or white/blue, we enter the storm front to see if what is at the eye of the hurricane."

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Samsung BD-C6900 3D Blu-Ray Player Review @ Tweaknews
"After an evening of 3D Blu-Ray viewing compliments of Samsung's BD-C6900, I can see how integrating 3D Blu-Ray into any consumer's home theater system could be considered a good thing. But the real thing to point out with the BD-C6900, is 3D is not where this product ends. With a fully integrated WIFI connection and the additional movie, video and multimedia functionality, this Blu-Ray player is definitely approaching the gray area just before you enter the realm of the Home Theater PC."

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Zotac IONITX-P-E Mini-ITX Motherboard Review @ ThinkComputers.org
"ďToday you see more and more home media servers and HTPCís being sold on the market, along with the parts to build your own. I use a home media server for my PS3 and my other computers so that I can transfer and watch movies all over my house. This also gives me the ability to stream music to all of the PCís and other wireless Devices. With all of our home electronics becoming more and more connected itís convenient to have a media server. It allows me to control the music and movies in any of the rooms with PCís on them with either my Android phone or my iPad. The possibilities are endless. In this review we will be taking a look at the Zotac IONITX-P-E which is an Mini-ITX motherboard with the processor embedded in to the motherboard. Mini-ITX is a very small form factor about half the size of a mATX setup."

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Tuesday, February 1, 2011
Muskin Callisto Deluxe Solid State Drive @ Benchmark Reviews
"SandForce-driven SSDs continue to be the hot ticket for solid state technology into 2011, offering outstanding bandwidth speed and operational performance at an affordable price. SandForce RAISE technology provides redundant protection for single SSD computer systems, while data is automatically secured with AES-128 encryption. SandForce's SF-1200 storage controller has already found its way into many of the fastest SSDs available, paving the way for Mushkin to utilizes the SandForce SF-1222TA3-SBH processor in their Callisto Deluxe MLC SSD series. In this article, Benchmark Reviews tests the 60GB Mushkin Callisto Deluxe MKNSSDCL60GB-DX against some of the most popular storage devices available. Our benchmark tests will demonstrate that 4K IOPS performance is more important than speed for high-power computer users."

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USB Gaming Headsets reviewed - Arctic Sound P531 and Razer Banshee in Metku.net
"When it comes to gaming peripheral, it tends to be the mice and keyboards that get most of our attention. The audio side of things, however, is also very important for the overall gaming experience, and this time we decided to have a look at two gaming headsets - Arctic Sound P531 and Razer Banshee."

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ASUS GeForce GT 440 1 GB @ techPowerUp
"NVIDIA's new GeForce GT 440 sets out to deliver acceptable performance in the low-end segment around $100. ASUS GT 440 comes with a custom designed, black PCB and a stylish heatsink. The card also comes with higher clocks out of the box to gain an extra performance advantage."

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Tweaknews 10 Year Anniversary Contest / Giveaway - 10 Months of Prizes!!!
"Well folks, it is amazing, but it has been 10 years since Tweaknews hit the internet and it has been a lot of fun so we are announcing 10 MONTHS of giveaways to celebrate our 10 year anniversary. Over 30 products are up for grabs over the 10 months with a minimum of 3 products been handed out per month."

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Zalman S-Series 128GB Solid State Drive Review @ ThinkComputers.org
"ďSolid state drives are the future, faster speeds, no moving parts and they are smaller. The only thing really holding them back right now is their price. Most solid state drives we have seen have been from traditional memory and storage companies. We all know Zalman for making great CPU coolers and cases, so it is a bit weird we see them release a solid state drive. They actually have 2 right now, today we will be looking at the S-Series 128GB drive, which is based on the JMicron controller so it is the mainstream budget drive out of the 2 that they have released. Letís take a lookÖ"

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