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Gigabyte Radeon HD 7770 OC
     Sat, Mar 10 2012 | 12:03P | Video Cards | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
On a more positive note Gigabyte should be recognized for taking the Radeon HD 7770 and improving it. The shorter PCB design means that the card will fit better in mid-sized computer cases while the use of better components improves durability and could even help with overclocking performance. Finally the upgraded cooler is another significant improvement that not only helps keep this card cool but also very quiet.

Zotac ZBOX ID80 Plus Mini PC Review
     Sat, Mar 10 2012 | 12:01P | Computer / SFF PCs | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
Zotac is emerging as a major player in the mini PC market and you'll find a boatload of ZBOX units if you visit the company's website. The one we have with us today is the ZBOX ID80 Plus, one of the newer units built around Intel's recently released Atom "Cedar Trail" refresh. It comes equipped with an Intel Atom D2700 processor, 2GB of DDR3-1066 RAM, 320GB hard drive, and an NVIDIA GeForce GT 520M GPU. There's also onboard Wi-Fi, Gigabit LAN, HDMI output, SuperSpeed USB 3.0 support, and an IR receiver with a media remote bundled in. All this and quite a bit more comes packed in a diminutive box that measures 7.40 inches x 7.40 inches x 1.73 inches that you can plop inconspicuously into your A/V rack or attach to the back of your HDTV via its VESA monitor mount...

AMD Radeon HD 7770 - Reference design vs. XFX
     Sat, Mar 10 2012 | 12:00P | Video Cards | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
With the Radeon HD 7770 AMD introduces the successor to the popular price performance winner Radeon HD 5770. Read our extensive performance analysis of the AMD reference design and the overclocked XFX Black Edition model.

Corsair Carbide Series 500R Mid Tower Case @ Pro-Clockers
     Sat, Mar 10 2012 | 11:44A | Cases | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
Corsair may have another case on their hands that one could call a water-cooler`s dream as well as being air-cooled friendly. The case is the Carbide 500R. One of the advantages the 500R has over the 800D is that it can be had for around $120 and comes in black or white. We were fortunate to get the handsome white model from Corsair."

ICY DOCK EZ DOCK USB 3.0 HDD adaptor @ Bjorn3D
     Sat, Mar 10 2012 | 11:44A | Hard Drives | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
ICY DOCK offers a compact portable USB 3.0 HDD adaptor called the EZ Dock. Let`s take a look at it."

Intel Core i7-3820 Quad-Core Core Processor Review @ ThinkComputers.org
     Sat, Mar 10 2012 | 11:44A | CPU / Processors | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
When Intel released their new Sandy Bridge-E Processors late last year there was the flagship processor the i7-3930K which has a price tag of $599 and the I7-3930X which has an even more staggering price tag of $999. When these processors were announced there was word of a more budget-friendly processor that would be out in Q1 of this year. It is here in the form of the Core i7-3820. This processor features 4 cores, features Intel?s Hyperthreading technology for up to 8 threads, a default clock speed of 3.6GHz with a turbo speed of 3.9GHz, 10MB of Intel Smart Cache, and this processor is built on the 32nm process. This processor puts Intel?s X79 platform in the reach of many people with a price tag that is half of the i7-3930K at $300. Read on to see what this processor is all about."

Lacie 5big Office+ Nas Review @ TechwareLabs
     Sat, Mar 10 2012 | 11:44A | Servers | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
Finding a backup and/or storage solution for a small business environment that fits a price point can often be a challenge. Deciding whether to choose a rack-mounted solution or discrete solution, also what OS to choose, how much storage space you need adds to that challenge. LaCie is attempting to tackle this challenge with their 2Big and 5Big NAS solutions."

48: HotHardware's Two and A Half Geeks Webcast - March 6, 2012
     Sat, Mar 10 2012 | 9:03A | Editorial | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
In this latest episode of HotHardware's Two and Half Geeks webcast, Marco, Iyaz and Dave discuss Dell's XPS 13 Ultrabook, AMD's brand new Radeon HD 7870 and 7850 graphics cards based on the Pitcairn GPU, Samsung's oversized Galaxy Note Smartphone, Zotac's ZBOX ID80 Plus Cedar Trail-based Mini PC and we drop some hints regarding our next contest in which a lucky reader could win a hot new Android tablet...

Cougar Evolution Mid Case Review
     Sat, Mar 10 2012 | 9:02A | Cases | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
"Today at XtremeComputing we are reviewing the Evolution Mid-Tower Case, from Cougar. Cougar are a brand I’ve not personally heard of, so let’s find out a bit more about them."

OCZ Vertex 3 120GB SSD
     Sat, Mar 10 2012 | 9:01A | Hard Drives | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
The OCZ Vertex 3 120GB is exactly what you would expect from a Sandforce based SATA 6Gbps SSD coming out of OCZ Technology’s labs. High performance especially in the write department is the norm for the Vertex lineup, even more so than other Sandforce driven SSDs. Excellent 4K IOPS overall, while not reaching that of the MAXIOPs edition of the Vertex3 lineup of course, still is far above what one normally expects to see in an SSD. Performance in 4Ks pushed the rated specifications with Atto hitting nearly 60K IOPS in 4K writes and Crystal Diskmark’s knocking out over 80K in a 0 fill data test. Performance generally hovered around the 40K IOPs overall which is right between sustained and maximum rated capabilities of the drive according to OCZ.

Kingston SSDNow V+200 120GB Solid State Drive
     Sat, Mar 10 2012 | 9:00A | Hard Drives | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
"SSDs are quite pointless," my friend said before the beginning of our Engineering Economics lecture last semester. "They don't do anything besides improving your boot time. Programs don't load that much faster compared to a 7200RPM hard drive." Of course, as with most people who actually own an SSD, this is a statement you cannot resist to argue with. "That's like saying a Ferrari is not much better than a Honda Civic. Sure, you can run better 0-60 times, but other than that, you'll be driving close to the speed limit most of the time anyway." So while I am not here today to make an argument as to why it is so awesome to own an SSD, I am here to make an argument as to why it is so awesome to own -- keep reading -- two SSDs. Kingston's first SandForce SF-2281 based Kingston HyperX SSD is nothing short of impressive; combining the renowned controller with a set of high performance Intel NAND flash chips for some very impressive numbers across the board. But the story does not end here. So today, we will take a look at Kingston's SSDNow V+200 120GB SSD. Don't get confused with the SSDNow V200; the little '+' after the 'V' makes all the difference. This business oriented product, like the HyperX enthusiast drive, features a SF-2281 under the hood, along with a renewed focus on value. So how does it step up against the competition? Of course, we will have our usual battery of benchmarks in single disk configuration. But since the good people at Kingston sent over two of their 120GB drives for our review today, what's stopping us from some RAID 0 action?

ASRock X79 Extreme9 Motherboard Review @ Hardware Canucks
     Fri, Mar 09 2012 | 4:25P | Motherboards | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
ASRock had long been content with releasing oddball motherboards that appealed to niche markets but their new X79 Extreme9 charts a completely different course. With it`s Overclocking King moniker, they are aiming directly for the enthusiast market but can it keep up with the likes of Gigabyte, ASUS and MSI? * *"

CeBIT 2012 - ASUS Z77 Motherboards in the Spotlight @ Vortez
     Fri, Mar 09 2012 | 4:04P | Tradeshows / Events | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
If ASUS is not a familiar name to you then you have indeed been living in a cave. That being said, if you have not yet seen the coming motherboards based on the cross platform LGA 1155 socket supporting both 2nd Generation and 3rd Generation Intel Core processors, then we have a treat for you."

CeBIT 2012 - NEW Alpenföhn CPU Coolers @ Vortez
     Fri, Mar 09 2012 | 4:04P | Tradeshows / Events | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
Alpenföhn are held in very high regard by us at Vortez, and we were eager to see the high performance CPU coolers they would be bringing to the table in the coming year. Suffice it to say that when the time came for us to meet them at CeBIT 2012, they didn`t disappoint."

CeBIT 2012 Exclusive - ZOTAC Showcases New ZBOX @ Vortez
     Fri, Mar 09 2012 | 4:04P | Tradeshows / Events | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
ZOTAC were kind enough to invite our CeBIT 2012 team into a closed door session today to view some of the new products the firm have waiting in the wings for release later this year. Unfortunately much of what was seen and heard will be under NDA for some time, but we were able to smuggle out a few images of a new pre-release ZBOX we spotted with two others officially unveiled today."

Core i7 3820 processor review
     Fri, Mar 09 2012 | 4:04P | CPU / Processors | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
We review the Core i7 3820 processor. The chip features four computing cores with Hyper-Threading support working at 3.6GHz (3.9GHz max Turbo), 10MB of Level 3 cache memory, a quad-channel memory controller, and a built-in 40-lane PCI Express 3.0 controller. Still, the Core i7-3820 might not have its MP`s unlocked, but that doesn`t mean it cant overclock on the baseclock + it has a multiplier still capable of 43. Today we`ll test the Core i7-3820 and will see how it performs in its baseline configuration and obviously also try to overclock it a little. Read the article here"

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