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Kingston 32GB microSDHC Mobility Kit
     Wed, Sep 07 2011 | 9:03A | Imaging | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
"You have to ask yourself if you need the microSD format. If you don't, then consider an SD card instead, as they're usually a little less expensive than the microSD format to begin with since the flash memory used isn't as dense. If you do need the microSD format, then ask yourself if you need 32GB. If you do, then consider other microSD offerings. Then ask if you need the speed. If you do, again look elsewhere. Other less expensive class 10 microSDHC cards are available."
  FULL STORY @ KINGSTON

ASUS Matrix GTX 580 Platinum
     Wed, Sep 07 2011 | 9:02A | Video Cards | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
In this review we will look at some of the unique features that separate the ASUS Matrix GTX 580 Platinum graphics card from a reference card and how can users utilize those features. This card retails for $529.99, which is only 20 dollars more than the DirectCU II card and about 70 dollars more than a reference card, which retails for about 459.99.
  FULL STORY @ BJORN3D

HornetTek Slipper U3 External Dock
     Wed, Sep 07 2011 | 9:01A | Peripherals | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
The Slipper is a unique design for an external enclosure/dock, so we will be testing it to make sure everything works as anticipated. The Slipper name was clearly given to this dock because of the fact that it looks like a slipper; this design also makes it surprisingly easy to slide a hard drive into place. The fact that the dock supports hot swapping also makes it quite easy to change out hard drives even when the device is connected.
  FULL STORY @ SLIPPER

Cooler Master Silent Pro Gold 1200W
     Wed, Sep 07 2011 | 9:00A | Power Supply | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
Today we are taking a look at another high wattage power supply, the Cooler Master Silent Pro Gold 1200W 80 Plus Gold Certified modular power supply. This power supply looks to be a great competitor against the Thermaltake Toughpower Grand 1200W PSU as they are both modular but they also have some hard-wired cables. Additionally, they are also both 80Plus Gold certified for efficiency, and both are advertised for their low acoustic levels. The Silent Pro Gold is currently on sale at Newegg.com for $239.99, which is a more ideal price for what the power supply is designed for: wattage and efficiency.
  FULL STORY @ MASTER

Energy-Efficient Processors from Intel Reviewed
     Tue, Sep 06 2011 | 4:00P | CPU / Processors | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
If you are planning to build a fast but quiet system with low power consumption, then Intel may offer you a variety of LGA1155 processors with 45 W or 35 W TDP. But does cutting their power consumption in half bring any additional limitations? Let’s find out!
  FULL STORY @ XBITLABS

Asus Black Diamond RT-N56U Router and USB-N13 Adapter
     Tue, Sep 06 2011 | 12:00P | Networking | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
"It feels like just yesterday that the name Asus was associated with motherboards and graphics cards; a big name to enthusiasts, but not to the consumer electronics market. Now, Asus has snuck into all kinds of mainstream markets, including laptops, Android tablets, and even wireless hardware. Today, we’ll be taking a look at their “Black Diamond” RT-N56U Wireless-N Router in combination with the USB-N13 Wireless-N Adapter."
  FULL STORY @ OCIA

Kingston HyperX 240GB SATA III SSD
     Tue, Sep 06 2011 | 9:03A | Hard Drives | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
Kingston's latest HyperX series 240GB 2.5' SATA III 6Gbps Solid State Drive is one of the drives designed to meet the highest performance standards designed for the SandForce SF-2281 controller. It uses Intel's 25nm Compute NAND flash memory, which has 5K programmable/erasable cycles as compared to 3K for standard NAND. While the box to the left is labeled with performance numbers of 525MB/sec. read and 480MB/sec. write, according to Kingston, the drive was able to reach 555MB/sec. read and 510MB/sec. write in ATTO Disk Benchmark 2.41.
  FULL STORY @ BJORN3D

 
Thecus N2200XXX Dual-Bay NAS
     Tue, Sep 06 2011 | 9:02A | Servers | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
Today's high demand for computer storage has led to the rise of network attached storage systems, more commonly referred to as NAS. These devices attach to any network, usually via ethernet cable, and offer all the users access to the storage, making it an easy way for families and small offices to easily store and share important files and media with each other. NAS systems are also an excellent way to back up computers. One of the best features of NAS systems is that the amount of storage is determined by the customer, because everyone has different storage needs.
  FULL STORY @ BJORN3D

How-To Build a Quiet Ultimate Gaming PC guide
     Tue, Sep 06 2011 | 9:01A | Beginners Guides | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
Building computer systems can be a slightly confusing to those that have never seen or worked with computer hardware. Bjorn3D has teamed up with AcousticPC to bring you a half-hour complete overview of what you will need to build your next quiet high-performance gaming system. Today's How-To Guide will start off with a basic overview of all the hardware we will be using to put together our gaming system. Our goal was to build a gaming system that will have a very low acoustic level, meaning that while we will be using some of the latest and most powerful hardware on the market, we will also make sure that our system is as quiet as possible. Next, we will take a look at how to put together the complete gaming system. And finally, at the end of our how-to video, we'll take a look at how the system performs in some of the latest games on the market, including Metro 2033, which is one of the most demanding games even for new gaming systems. While we perform our testing, we will also test how loud the system gets during full load. But before we jump right ahead to the hardware and the installation, let's get a better understanding of proper cooling.
  FULL STORY @ BJORN3D

Compro IP70 Network camera
     Tue, Sep 06 2011 | 9:00A | Imaging | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
Ever wondered what happens in the house when no one's there? Maybe you need to keep an eye on that babysitter, or need proof that your spouse indeed is eating up all that candy that they swear they never touched. A networked camera can record everything that happens in the house, and also allow users to monitor it from outside the home. The Compro IP70 is such a camera. With the ability to stream two streams, IR LED's, motion detection, and two-way audio, it has everything necessary for home surveillance without breaking the bank. But is it any good? Read on to find out.
  FULL STORY @ BJORN3D

QNAP TS-559 Pro II Network Attached Storage Review
     Mon, Sep 05 2011 | 4:03P | Networking | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
If you have been following our reviews here at APH Networks for the last little while, you will notice the same pattern every year. If you know exactly what I am talking about, this means it is now time for yet another QNAP network attached storage review. Case in point: Check out the dates on our QNAP TS-409, TS-439 Pro, and TS-559 Pro+ articles (Actually, it is just a coincidence, haha). While it is not necessarily explicitly planned to have one of these sweet network appliances landing at our Calgary, Alberta location near the beginning of the Fall semester every year, it just happened to be this way, so why break this excellent tradition now? With that in mind, sitting on our racks for testing this afternoon is QNAP's latest 5-bay creation for SMB/corporate applications. Okay, I am going to say "SMB/corporate" very loosely; just because it costs over $1000 at press time, and loaded with every feature IT professionals can possibly dream of, does not mean it is not composed with brilliant cloud multimedia capabilities even casual home users will come to love. Before we move into the meat of our review this afternoon, let me clear up a few things right off the bat. Firstly, for those who are new to the NAS market, why would anyone pay over a grand for a system powered by an Atom processor with 1GB of RAM? Simply put, you are not just paying for the hardware. The user friendly software -- and all the features it comes with -- is where its value stands. Secondly, what is the difference between the new QNAP TS-559 Pro II and the last generation TS-559 Pro+? To be honest, it is not a whole lot. Upgrades include SATA 6Gb/s, two USB 3.0 and four USB 2.0 ports rather than five USB 2.0 ports, and user upgradeable memory. So if you already own a TS-559 Pro+, chances are that you do not need to upgrade. But if are buying a new NAS now, what does QNAP's unmatched reliability, brilliant software, and awesome performance bring to the table today? We will have all the juicy details covered in this review.
  FULL STORY @ APHNETWORKS

Review: Kingston HyperX 240 GByte SSD
     Mon, Sep 05 2011 | 4:01P | Hard Drives | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
The HyperX SSD with 240 Gigabyte is Kingstons Flagship regarding their SSD-Lineup. Therefore this model awaits users with a higher IOPS performance especially concerning the random reads. 40'000 IOPS should be possible in this case. Regarding random writes the manufacturer claims up to 95'000 IOPS.
  FULL STORY @ OCAHOLIC

Asustek expects 20-25% growth in 3Q11 revenues
     Mon, Sep 05 2011 | 4:00P | Business / Industry | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
Asustek Computer expects its consolidated revenues for third-quarter 2011 to increase 20-25% sequentially, according to company CEO Jerry Shen at an August 26 investors conference.
  FULL STORY @ DATEPUBLISH

Thermaltake Chaser MK-1 Full Tower Case
     Mon, Sep 05 2011 | 12:03P | Cases | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
"The blue highlights around the case are the most noticeable feature when it first comes out of the box. I like the headset hook on the MK-1 far more than the one that was included with the Level 10 GT. It folds up and is out of the way until it is needed. Taking a look at the side we can see the stylized window and large vent opening."
  FULL STORY @ OCIA

Bitfenix Shinobi Window Case
     Mon, Sep 05 2011 | 12:02P | Cases | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
"Bitfenix is a relative newcomer to the market and certainly new to me. The case we are looking at today, the Bitfenix Shinobi, is actually my first hands-on experience with their products. When they introduced the Colossus chassis I was bit skeptical; the styling was just something that I questioned. However, most have seemed very happy with the build quality, so that did perk my attention. The Shinobi is a mid-tower offering that has a minimalistic style and comes with or without a side window. The sample sent to us includes the side window, viewed as an added perk by most."
  FULL STORY @ OCIA

The AMD "Radeon HD 8000" Open-Source Milestone
     Mon, Sep 05 2011 | 12:01P | Video Cards | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
"The discussion surrounding issues with the Linux kernel DRM code has been quite interesting. From the 40+ comments so far, there's been some interesting feedback from some of the key open-source driver developers along with AMD. In particular, the generation to succeed the next-generation of AMD graphics processors (what will be the "Radeon HD 8000 series" if they continue with the same marketing names), should be a pivotal moment for AMD's open-source strategy."
  FULL STORY @ PHORONIX

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