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Thunderbolt may become standard for PCs in 2013
     Sat, Mar 17 2012 | 9:03A | Motherboards | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
As Thunderbolt will shift from copper wire to optical cables at the end of 2012, adoption of Thunderbolt is expected to increase and the technology is likely to become a standard connection specification for PCs and related products in 2013, according to sources at PC manufacturers.

Icy Box IB-MP3011Plus Review
     Sat, Mar 17 2012 | 9:02A | Hard Drives | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
With the groaning trend of smart TV's and media streaming to your living room it is obvious that there are going to be many new products coming to the market hoping to snatch a portion of this lucrative sector of the industry, but with major players like Apple and Samsung putting out products like Apple TV and Samsungs Smart TV technologies, can the smaller companies hope to get in on this market?...

Plextor M3 128GB SSD Review
     Sat, Mar 17 2012 | 9:01A | Hard Drives | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
2011 was the year that saw SandForce based Solid State Drives take off once and for all, but they seem to keep improving more and more leading into this year 2012. We recently took a look at the Samsung 830 Series 128GB SSD which proves to be one of the best models on the SandForce market, we are hoping to see a similar performance from this new M3 range from Plextor we have here today...

AMD Radeon HD 7770 & 7750 Crossfire Performance Tested
     Sat, Mar 17 2012 | 9:00A | Video Cards | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
After reviewing AMD's $550 Radeon HD 7970 in December, we were excited to lay hands on some more affordable Southern Islands cards. Unfortunately, our enthusiasm was short-lived when the wallet-friendly Radeon HD 7770 and HD 7750 arrived in February. The HD 7700 series cards didn't really pushed the envelope in terms of value. Part of that stems from the fact that Nvidia hasn't launched its GTX 600 series yet, allowing AMD to have its way with the market. But we're hoping that changes when Nvidia's Kepler products finally arrive. The old HD 5750 and 5770 were popular Crossfire candidates and the same could be true of the HD 7700 series if it's priced right. Anticipating that day, we're testing the HD 7750 and HD 7770 in Crossfire across more than a dozen games to see how well they scale and compare against cards such as the HD 6870 and GTX 560 Ti.

Gigabyte Assassin 2 @ LanOC Reviews
     Sat, Mar 17 2012 | 8:03A | Motherboards | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
It seems almost like it was yesterday when I took a close look at Gigabytes Assassin, flagship motherboard on the X58 chipset. Here we are less than a year later with a new chipset and socket available. That means it?s time once again to take a look at Gigabyte?s flagship gaming motherboard, the Assassin 2 X79. With a lower price point, smaller form factor, and all of the features of the original we loved the Assassin 2 should be a great board. Of course we won?t know that for sure until we dig in a little farther, so let?s jump in!"

GIGABYTE Z77 Motherboards: A Preview @ Bjorn3D
     Sat, Mar 17 2012 | 8:03A | Motherboards | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
GIGABYTE has revealed a total of 10 Z77 boards for the next generation of Intel chipsets and CPU`s. Among them is the elite gamer G1.Sniper 3."

Icy Dock MB082SP EZ-FIT Pro Dual 2.5? to 3.5? Hard drive & SSD Bracket Review @ Hi Tech Legion
     Sat, Mar 17 2012 | 8:03A | Hard Drives | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
Simplicity and execution are the key elements of the Icy Dock MB082SPEZ-Fit Pro Dual 2.5 to 3.5 Adapter. The Icy Dock MB082SP has one simple function only, and that is to easily mount two 2.5 drives into one 3.5 internal HDD space, and it does this function very well. The MB082SP is a sturdy metal cage that perfectly emulates a standard 3.5 HDD on the outside, mounting holes and all, but inside is a housing for dual 2.5 drives, with quick and easy push button installation and tool free drive removal. The Icy Dock MB082SP is perfect for blistering fast dual SSD RAID, or any other configuration utilizing dual 2.5 drives. Using two drives in one bay naturally frees up the rest of your HDD cage and makes the best use of the space in your case./////"

Infographic: I Scream You Scream We All Scream for iPads @ TechReviewSource.com
     Sat, Mar 17 2012 | 8:03A | Home Theatre | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
Not every first-time tablet buyer planning to purchase one in the coming days is lining up for the new iPad, but Apple`s rivals shouldn`t rejoice just yet?a whole bunch of them say they`ve got their eyes on the recently discounted iPad 2 instead."

Intel Second Generation Core i7 3820 Review
     Sat, Mar 17 2012 | 8:03A | CPU / Processors | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
In my first run, I intended to see what kind of bclock tolerance the chip had. Eventually, I was able to push the bclock from 100 MHz to 107 MHz; a pretty decent bclock increase that allowed the chip to scale to 4.6 GHz. Again, this was not enough of a clock, as my 2600K does that easily. Next up was the 125 MHz Gear Ratio and multiplier adjustment; this moved the needle quite a bit higher to 5.0 GHz. Further bclock tuning up to 125.625 MHz gained a prime stable 5025 MHz clock speed from the chip. Further tuning of the bclock could have raised the bar even higher, though without the benefit of long term stability. Nonetheless, it was capable of running the entire benchmark suite at 5.1 GHz. Voltage tuning and enhanced cooling was needed to get these clock speeds, but nothing more extreme than what most would endeavour to use."

Charts: Socket 1155 - updated ASUS Sabertooth Z77 @ ocaholic
     Fri, Mar 16 2012 | 5:12P | Motherboards | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
In our comparison tables, meanwhile you find benchmark values regarding 15 recent Socket LGA 1155 motherboards. Furthermore we do not comment the benchmark values. The idea and also the goal is to present to you a market overview which helps you choose the right motherboard."

Concrete Cases Hook Case ? Laptop Bag Review @ Tech-Reviews.co.uk
     Fri, Mar 16 2012 | 5:12P | Cases | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
The need for a high-quality laptop bag is always going to be there, no matter how sturdy your laptop is, but bulky and unattractive comes to mind when you think of the normal design of a laptop bag. That?s where the Concrete Cases Hook Case comes in. Concrete Cases are a brand new company who provide beautifully made laptop bags, which are also extremely durable and protective. Let?s see how well it performs? ** **"

Corsair Obsidian 550D Case Review @ Hardware Secrets
     Fri, Mar 16 2012 | 5:12P | Cases | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
The 550D is the latest mid-tower case within Corsair`s Obsidian series, with an aluminum front door, eight expansion slots, noise dampening foams, and several other interesting features. Let`s check it out."

Epson Stylus NX430 Small-in-One All-in-One Printer @ TestFreaks
     Fri, Mar 16 2012 | 5:12P | Printers | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
Up for review today I?ve got another Epson printer that?s called the Stylus NX430 small-in-one, it?s a play on words of course as it?s an all-in-one printer that?s very small. It?s meant for those that are limited on space, but still want a decent printer. The NX430 is basic yes, but it does include wi-fi and USB connectivity along with a full-size flatbed scanner and even a built-in card reader along with a nice 2.5? LCD display and touch controls. "

First Look: New AppleTV Review @MissingRemote
     Fri, Mar 16 2012 | 5:12P | Home Theatre | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
With the previous generation stuck at 720p, many did not consider the previous generation of Apple TV to be a serious contender in the A/V stack. That changed with the most recent iteration of the device, and now that it supports 1080p output and playback -- even full 1080p60 -- we could have a serious contender for space in your living room. The unit just arrived earlier today, so this is just a first look with a much more detailed examination of the device to follow. *"

G.Skill ARES PC3-17000 16GB (DC) Memory Kit Review
     Fri, Mar 16 2012 | 5:12P | Memory | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
The ARES series is ultimately designed for those who have really large air coolers and need a lower profile heatsink, which is something we don`t see a lot of company`s offering these days as more and more feel bigger is better. Available in both blue and orange you can see above we`re of course got our hand on one of the blue kits which looks great (Ed: and matches the TweakTown color scheme great!). While the kit does consist of four modules, it`s worth knowing that the ARES series at the moment is still only a Dual Channel kit designed for the P67 / Z68 platform along with hopefully the upcoming Z77. With our X79 testbed so close, though, we`ll see how the kit fairs in Quad Channel today as well as Dual Channel."

Cooler Master Elite 431 Plus Mid Tower Case Review @ Hi Tech Legion
     Fri, Mar 16 2012 | 4:25P | Cases | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
The new Cooler Master Elite 431 PLUS Mid-Tower chassis brings with it the Cooler Master expertise with some of the high-end features that you don`t usually see in the budget field of cases. The Elite 431 PLUS is a steel and plastic design, that comes with a tough yet clean look, and includes a side door window, 7 expansion slots, USB 2.0, USB 3.0, X Dock Station, and some toolless retention. The Cooler Master Elite 431 PLUS has 1 pre-installed front 120mm blue LED front intake fan, and a total of 5 available fan positions for good air flow. The Elite 431 PLUS is very light weight for a steel chassis, coming in at just eleven pounds, and, with its small foot print of just 7.6 W X 16.8 H X 19.6 D, it takes up very little space, yet able to house the larger air coolers, such as the Cooler Master Hyper 212 PLUS at 6.4 inches. The Elite 431 PLUS will also accommodate the longer video cards with 12.4 inches of room. There are a total of three models to choose from in this performance series, starting with the Cooler Master Elite 431 Basic, the Cooler Master Elite 431, and the Cooler Master Elite 431 PLUS.///"

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