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FSP Group Aurum Gold 500 Power Supply
     Thu, Jun 30 2011 | 12:03P | Power Supply | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
"Unless you are running multiple video cards and a beefy processor, you won't have any use for a monster 1KW+ PSU. Even relatively powerful hardware doesn't come close to using the kind of power that super high-end units provide. Today we will be taking a look at a "mainstream" power supply from FSP Group, the Aurum Gold 500. The Aurum is a 500 watt non-modular power supply that features 80+ Gold certification and dual 12v rails. The 500w model is one of four in the Aurum series; other models include a 400w variety and beefier 600w and 700w units."
  FULL STORY @ OCIA

ASUS HD6990 4GB Graphics Card Review
     Thu, Jun 30 2011 | 12:02P | Video Cards | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
Two cores will require more power, emit more heat and this usually translates to more noise to keep that heat under control. Previous designs had received negative feedback because the noise the cards make were very loud, often so much so that they were very intrusive when using them for what they were designed for, gaming. The card we have today is of a reference design and as such it remains to be seen whether the cooler has been adapted to create less of a din than previous editions. We will certainly be closely examining the cooler and acoustics of the card to see what innovations, if any, have taken place.
  FULL STORY @ VORTEZ

TSMC wins orders for 28nm GPU from AMD, says paper
     Thu, Jun 30 2011 | 12:01P | CPU / Processors | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
AMD reportedly has completed the tape-out of its next-generation GPU, codenamed Southern Islands, on Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company's (TSMC) 28nm process with High-k Metal Gate (HKMG) technology, according to a Chinese-language Commercial Times report. The chip is set to expected to enter mass produciton at the end of 2011.
  FULL STORY @ DATEPUBLISH

GIGABYTE A75-UD4H (AMD A75) Llano Motherboard Preview
     Thu, Jun 30 2011 | 12:00P | Motherboards | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
"Towards the end of this month we'll see AMD launch its new Llano desktop platform which is part of the Fusion family that AMD are really concentrating on these days. Earlier this year we saw AMD launch the Brazos platform in the form of the E series APU. If you haven't already, it's worth looking at our GIGABYTE E350N-USB3 Review which covers what exactly the Fusion platform is along with how the APU we're hearing about now differs to the CPU that we've known for years. Fusion is what AMD will no doubt be seeing as the next big thing when it comes to desktop and notebook computing. To be honest, they've done a good job with Brazos, but as a desktop platform it's not as powerful as you'd probably like. Mainly aimed for cheaper netbooks or people who wanted to build a small HTPC, it's a great platform, but it just doesn't have the power you'd want if you were using it as an everyday PC that does everything. This is where the Llano platform comes in. Earlier this week we saw it launch for notebooks and the reception was extremely positive. Towards the end of the month we'll see it launch for desktops. While we don't have the APUs themselves yet, we do have boards starting to arrive; some we can speak about, some we can't. Today we show you one we can - the GIGABYTE A75-UD4H."
  FULL STORY @ TWEAKTOWN

[Tech ARP] The Android Web Browser Round-Up
     Thu, Jun 30 2011 | 9:55A | Software | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
Android might not have the huge line-up of games and apps that iOS boasts but ever since Eclair (Android 2.0/2.1) came along, Android has been slowly overtaking iOS as the smartphone platform with the best Internet browsing experience. It boasts a fast loading speed, smooth scrolling and most importantly, support for Flash! Some may argue that Flash is useless and slow, but the fact remains - many websites still require Flash support for basic navigation, even though both Android and iOS support HTML5. Nothing beats the convenience of playing back video directly on the browser. The Android`s stock browser is no slouch, but there`s always room for improvement. Fortunately, Android is an open platform, so there are tons of alternative browsers out there. There is no one perfect choice, however. It all depends on your personal preference, especially when it comes to the features they offer. In this round-up, we will take a look at the following web browser for the Android platform..."
  FULL STORY @ TECHARP.COM

Contemporary Graphics Cards in Duke Nukem Forever
     Thu, Jun 30 2011 | 9:03A | Games | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
A new game with the old name. Good old ingredients in a new recipe. Duke Nukem Forever make become another milestone in the development of the genre, or be yet another short-term entertainment. Time will show what its destiny is going to be, but we are really interested to find out how greatly the most anticipated game of the summer 2011 may determine your graphics sub-system upgrade options.
  FULL STORY @ XBITLABS

Sapphire PURE WHITE FUSION E350
     Thu, Jun 30 2011 | 9:02A | Motherboards | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
There appear more and more mainboards based on AMD Brazos and APU AMD E-350. Today we are going to talk about two models offered by AMD’s closest partner – Sapphire Company.
  FULL STORY @ MAINBOARDS

 
Samsung's M2 Portable 3.0 External Hard Drive
     Thu, Jun 30 2011 | 9:01A | Hard Drives | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
"The USB2.0 is getting old very fast and manufacturers are moving to a new standard, the USB3.0. Samsung is no exception and this time we'll take a closer look at their external hard drive - M2 Portable 3.0"
  FULL STORY @ SAMSUNG

Dell's XPS 15z Ultra Slim Notebook Review
     Thu, Jun 30 2011 | 9:00A | Notebooks | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
For some, Dell may historically have an undeserved reputation for producing run-of-the-mill products, but when you look at their recent smartphone offering like the Venue Pro, slates like the 5-inch Streak and computers like the Adamo XPS, it's hard to not give 'em credit where credit is due. Enter the XPS 15z. For all intents and purposes, this is yet another standout product from Dell, one that simply cannot be lumped into standard mainstream categories. There's something fundamentally different about the 15z that commands a second look, and in our case, an in-depth review of its features and capabilities...
  FULL STORY @ HOTHARDWARE

Futurelooks? Overview of INTEL Smart Response Plus Tips and Tricks For Successful Setup
     Wed, Jun 29 2011 | 11:49P | Beginners Guides | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
Futurelooks pops together an overview plus some very important tips and tricks for users on setting up INTEL Smart Response ... *Futurelooks? Overview of INTEL Smart Response Plus Tips and Tricks For Successful Setup (Video)* One of the coolest new features of INTEL?s Z68 Platform is called Intel Smart Response Technology (ISR). Found only on Z68 motherboards, ISR offers the benefits of SSD technology with smaller and more affordable drives. This is something that Intel will continue to offer in future chipsets. Our video above helps define what ISR is and how it works. * * *"
  FULL STORY @ FUTURELOOKS.COM

Arctic Accelero Xtreme Plus II
     Wed, Jun 29 2011 | 4:03P | Cooling / Heatsinks | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
Arctic , previously known as Arctic Cooling has a long reputation in creating silent yet very powerfull cooling components. This all at an afforcable price. Most known are the versatile GPU coolers. Versatile as most models can be used on a wide range of reference PCBs. This being it ATI/AMD or Nvidia based. Today we received their brand new revised version of the Accelero Extreme Plus. Well you guessed it this slightly revamped version is called the Plus II. Victim of the day is our hot GTX480 Fermi card. Easily reaching over 80°C in gaming and close to meltdown when being tortured with Furmark
  FULL STORY @ MADSHRIMPS

ASUS Sabertooth 990FX Motherboard Review
     Wed, Jun 29 2011 | 4:02P | Motherboards | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
"ASUS hit the mark with the Sabertooth 990FX! The Sabertooth 990FX was able to dig its teeth into everything we threw at it and be the dominant force in the charts! If you're in the market for a motherboard the ASUS Sabertooth 990FX should be at the top of your short list..."
  FULL STORY @ LEGITREVIEWS

Linux 3.0 Kernel With EXT4 & Btrfs
     Wed, Jun 29 2011 | 4:01P | Operating System | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
"With the Linux 3.0 kernel carrying CleanCache support along with various improvements to the EXT4 and Btrfs file-system modules, it is time for another Phoronix file-system comparison. This time around the EXT4 vs. Btrfs performance is particularly important with Fedora 16 possibly switching to Btrfs by default. Due to this level of interest, for our Linux 3.0 kernel benchmarks of the EXT4 and Btrfs file-systems, an Intel SSD was tested as well as an old 5400RPM IDE notebook hard drive to represent two ends of the spectrum."
  FULL STORY @ PHORONIX

OCZ Agility 3 SSD
     Wed, Jun 29 2011 | 4:00P | Hard Drives | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
If you’re moving from mechanical HDDs, the Agility 3 is without doubt a recommended purchase if you’re looking to save nearly a hundred dollars off the price of the fastest SATA3 drives. If you’re simply upgrading from SATA2 SandForce drives, the difference will not be as awe-inspiring, but still makes a difference in 24/7 operations. No other 240 GB drive comes close in price without dropping speeds nearly in half.
  FULL STORY @ TECHREACTION

Intel Socket 1155 Roundup June 2011 (H67, P67 and Z68)
     Wed, Jun 29 2011 | 12:03P | Motherboards | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
"Today we will be taking a look at three different approaches to socket 1155 products as we review a board based on H67 (mini-ITX) and to larger models which use the P67 and Z68. Each will be put through a selection of synthetic and real world tests to establish how they perform in a variety of scenarios which will assist anyone thinking about buying a socket 1155 product in the near future."
  FULL STORY @ HARDWAREHEAVEN

P67 Motherboard Round-up: Asus, Fatal1ty, GB, MSI
     Wed, Jun 29 2011 | 12:02P | Motherboards | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
Motherboards are arguably one of the more difficult PC component to shop for. The magnitude of choices available can make the shopping experience confusing and frustrating. Take for example Intel's heralded Sandy Bridge line of processors and the Cougar Point chipset used on a wide variety of motherboards. A popular online e-tailor, Newegg.com, offers no less than 151 motherboards at this point based on Intel's Socket LGA 1155. In order to assist you in your decision making process, we've gathered five of the latest P67 motherboards from several of the big name manufacturers in the industry, Asus, Gigabyte, MSI, and ASRock...
  FULL STORY @ HOTHARDWARE

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