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Antec EarthWatts Platinum 650 W Power Supply Review @ Hardware Secrets
     Fri, Jan 20 2012 | 9:38A | Power Supply | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
The EarthWatts Platinum is the latest power supply series from Antec, and will be available in 450 W, 550 W, and 650 W versions, coming with the 80 Plus Platinum certification. This new series will reach the North American market next month; we were able to get a sample before its official release. Let`s see if the 650 W model is a good option."
  FULL STORY @ HARDWARESECRETS.COM

Corsair G.Skill Mushkin and Patriot X79 Quad-Channel Memory Review
     Fri, Jan 20 2012 | 9:33A | Memory | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
The last G.Skill memory I looked at did quite well in the overclocking department and thankfully, this kit does not deviate from that path - the base speed of 2133 MHz was just the starting point for the kit. Making the jump to 2400 MHz, though, required some tweaking of the primary latencies and voltages. CAS latency was bumped to 10 with the tRCD bumped to 12 and the voltage to 1.67 V. The memory controller voltage was fine at 1.05 V with this configuration as seen by the long term (well, 7 hours at least) stability testing of the overclock. The higher speed, coupled with a decent CPU overclock, showed measurable performance gains in testing. The overclocking margin or headroom came in at 13+% or 281 MHz for the time spent tweaking the modules for maximum clocks without killing every day performance. This kit from G.Skill reached the highest overclocked speed in comparison to the other modules in this testing session."
  FULL STORY @ OVERCLOCKERSCLUB.COM

HTL CES Live Coverage Part 1 @ Hi Tech Legion
     Fri, Jan 20 2012 | 9:07A | Tradeshows / Events | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
HiTechLegion goes own to Vegas and gets busy talking to manufacturers about their latest and upcoming products.  On the first day, we hit up multiple hotels and suites including NZXT, ShuttlePC, Cooler Master, Patriot Memory and EVGA, seeing new spacious full-tower cases, a new line of gaming peripherals, next generation media players, high efficiency power supplies, enthusiast class motherboards and more. "
  FULL STORY @ HITECHLEGION.COM

CES 2012 Roll-Up: HotHardware Features From The Show
     Fri, Jan 20 2012 | 9:03A | Tradeshows / Events | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
As is always the case, CES 2012 was a complete blur of big product announcements, bleeding-edge technology and a mass of humanity clamoring to see it all. Our coverage of the event and the various product announcements came so fast and furious that, unless you were checking the page every few minutes (not a bad idea actually), you probably missed at least a few highlights. Fear not, as we're going to aggregate all of the major product announcements to hit our news channel, here in one big roll-up on the following pages...
  FULL STORY @ HOTHARDWARE

Intel Core i7-3820 Quad-Core Sandy Bridge-E CPU Review
     Fri, Jan 20 2012 | 9:02A | CPU / Processors | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
A few weeks back, we took a look at the Core i7-3960X, Intel’s first desktop processor to feature the company’s Sandy Bridge-E microarchitecture. If you're unfamiliar with the chip, Sandy Bridge-E is the ‘tock’ in Intel’s tick-tock release schedule cadence that bridges the gap between first-gen Sandy Bridge-based processors and next year’s Ivy Bridge microarchitecture. Sandy Bridge-E shares many of the same features of the original Sandy Bridge microarchitecture, but as the “E” denotes, SBE is a more extreme derivative, targeted at enthusiasts. We briefly discussed the Core i7-3820 we’ll be showing you today in our Core i7-3960X coverage, but didn’t have a chip on hand for testing. The Core i7-3820 is based on the very same die as the higher-end Core i7-3960X, but two of its cores (and some cache) have been disabled...
  FULL STORY @ HOTHARDWARE

AMD A8 3870K APU review
     Fri, Jan 20 2012 | 9:01A | CPU / Processors | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
Based on the Lynx APU architecture, the AMD A8-3870K BE APU has unlocked multipliers, that means we can not only boost the processor performance a bit, but also the internal GPU. Now the performance and overclocks will by far not be as grand as say the Phenom II / FX processors show, but every bit helps of course. And for just a few EUR more we could see an increase in performance of up-to a third.
  FULL STORY @ GURU3D

Corsair Vengeance 1500 and 1100 Headset review
     Fri, Jan 20 2012 | 9:00A | Audio / Sound | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
We review the all new Corsair Vengeance 1500 and 1100 Headsets, aimed at gamers that demand some headset queasily. Will Corsair live up to it's reputable reputation ? The Vengeance 1500 is the top of the Corsair headset line, supplanting the HS1 of a few short years ago. Like the HS1, the Vengeance 1500 is a USB powered surround-sound monster headset with hefty 50mm drivers and revised USB drivers that now include Dolby 7.1 surround, and capable of 24-bit/96 KHz playback. The behind-the-ear Vengeance 1100 are a smaller hybrid USB/analog headset, with mere 40mm drivers, offering 16-bit/48 KHz playback in stereo. There is a third Vengeance headset, the 1300, but it is an analog version of the 1500 and we don't anticipate them sounding much different than the 1500.
  FULL STORY @ VENGEANCE

 
Preview: Gigabyte GA-X79-UD3 @ ocaholic
     Fri, Jan 20 2012 | 6:04A | Motherboards | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
With Intels new X79 chipset series in mind, Gigabyte redesigned the portfolio of their high end desktop motherboards. Nowadays the UD3 marks the entry level into the X79 leauge. This board comes with a very clean design and an attractive feature mix. Furthermore it should also be a serous contender for overclocking and extreme overclocking."
  FULL STORY @ OCAHOLIC.CH

Radeon Gallium3D: A Half-Decade Behind Catalyst?
     Fri, Jan 20 2012 | 6:04A | Video Cards | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
What happens when you pull out some vintage computer hardware and run the latest Linux software as well as go back and run some of the oldest software available? Well, in the case of systems with antiquated R300-era ATI Radeon graphics, you are left with a downward slope in performance. Not only is the latest open-source Radeon graphics driver not always performing as well as an ancient Catalyst driver, but also the power consumption of the latest Linux code remains on an incline."
  FULL STORY @ PHORONIX.COM

Sapphire Radeon HD 6670 LP Video Card Review @ Bigbruin.com
     Fri, Jan 20 2012 | 6:04A | Video Cards | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
* If you are looking for a video card to power your new HTPC project, or if you are looking for an upgrade to your existing setup that uses integrated video, the Sapphire Radeon HD 6670 LP card is a fairly good choice. If you are looking for a card like this that has to fit a low profile case, this is pretty much your only choice!"
  FULL STORY @ BIGBRUIN.COM

Silverstone Raven 3 RV03 Computer Case Review @ Tweaknews
     Fri, Jan 20 2012 | 6:04A | Cases | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
SilverStone`s Raven 3 case ups the ante from its older siblings. While keeping the best features from the older versions, the RV03 brings some new improvements to the table. SilverStone has literally turned the case on its ear, with the mobo I/O shifted to the top and the power supply moved to the front and installed crosswise."
  FULL STORY @ TWEAKNEWS.NET

TechREACTION Review: Bitfenix Raider
     Fri, Jan 20 2012 | 6:04A | Computer / SFF PCs | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
: With the system fully built, the Raider does a very good job helping clean up the installation. This will help with air flow in the case and keep your hardware temperatures lower than a congested case. Notice, we did have to take the HDD wall out of the top section for out 480 to fit. That is exactly how this feature is meant to perform, and works to perfection in this case. Overall, the Raider did a great job with the wire management keeping all the excess wires out of the way."
  FULL STORY @ TECHREACTION.NET

Thermaltake Overseer RX-I Review @ Hardware Secrets
     Fri, Jan 20 2012 | 6:04A | Cases | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
The Overseer RX-I is the latest full-tower case from Thermaltake. However, its physical dimensions are similar to mid-tower products from other manufacturers. Unfortunately, there is no official standard to categorize a case as full-tower or mid-tower. According to Thermaltake, they are saying this case is a full-tower model because it has four 5.25 bays, eight expansion slots, and supports E-ATX motherboards, even though the typical full-tower case looks bigger."
  FULL STORY @ HARDWARESECRETS.COM

ASUS Radeon HD 7970 3GB CrossFire Review @ Legit Reviews
     Fri, Jan 20 2012 | 1:01A | Video Cards | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
To sum things up, the ASUS Radeon HD 7970 is a great card, but we can`t wait to see what ASUS is going to do on their custom cards. We`ll be dreaming of an ASUS Radeon HD 7970 with a custom PCB, DirectCU III GPU cooler and a factory overclock for under $600..."
  FULL STORY @ LEGITREVIEWS.COM

Bitfenix Raider Mid Tower Case Review @ Legit Reviews
     Thu, Jan 19 2012 | 5:39P | Cases | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
The soft touch finish and the clean mesh panel that goes from the font over the top is very stylish while allowing for excellent thermals. The top mounted 200mm fan port is a unique option and the bottom 120mm optional fan intake is a great touch. This case allows the mounting of up to five fans, with two being 200mm or four fans with three being 200mm variety. Quiet airflow should not be a problem in this case. We loved the USB 3.0 / USB 2.0 cables from the top I/O ports, what a ingenious design..."
  FULL STORY @ LEGITREVIEWS.COM

CES 2012: Mad Catz @ ThinkComputers.org
     Thu, Jan 19 2012 | 5:39P | Tradeshows / Events | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
Mad Catz has made gaming accessories for years. Although recently, MadCatz has seriously committed to expanding their product line. With the Street Fighter X Tekken VS Arcade Stick, Xbox 360 Primer Headset, Cyborg F.R.E.Q. Headset, and the MLG Pro Gaming Circuit controller. But Mad Catz?s new products aren?t clones of what?s already available, each product offers something new. For instance, the Street Fighter X Tekken VS Arcade Stick is the exact dimensions of the Japanese arcade counterpart with better build quality, the Xbox 360 Primer Headset is officially licensed and runs at 5.8GHz, Cyborg F.R.E.Q. has a detachable mic and a swappable USB or 3.5mm adapter, so it is usable on any device. Finally, the MLG Pro Gaming Circuit Controller allows you to swap the thumbsticks, and d-pad into any configuration you want. Alex from Mad Catz provides us with a thorough walkthrough of the above products."
  FULL STORY @ THINKCOMPUTERS

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