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Gaming Friday – Words With Friends
     Sun, Jul 10 2011 | 12:02P | Games | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
“We here at ThinkComputers are very avid gamers. So each Friday we will be covering a game that should help you get through the weekend. The games will range from new games to classics that we still love to play. They also are not limited to just PC games either. If you have a game you think we should cover check out the Gaming Friday thread in the forums. The game we are talking about today is very simple, you have probably played some variation of it in your lifetime, whether it be the physical game, on a computer or on a mobile device. The game I am talking about is Words With Friends from Zynga t he makers of the ever-popular games such as FarmVille and Mafia Wars. Let’s check out this game and see what it is all about."
  FULL STORY @ THINKCOMPUTERS

MSI R6850 Cyclone PE / OC Graphics Card
     Sun, Jul 10 2011 | 12:01P | Video Cards | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
"Discrete computer graphics are one of the toughest markets to keep current with. New graphics cores are released on a pretty frequent basis from both ATI and NVIDIA and with naming schemes that change nearly as often, it can be difficult to determine where each card stands in relation to others in the same price range. Today we will be taking a look at the MSI R6850 PE / OC graphics card, a mid-range GPU that was launched at the end of last year. Codenamed Barts, this GPU is built on a 40nm process with support for DirectX 11 & Open GL 4.0. Other notable features include HDMI 1.4a & DisplayPort 1.2 support as well as AMD Eyefinity multi-display technology and CrossfireX support."
  FULL STORY @ OCIA

MSI P67A-GD80 LGA1155 Sandy Bridge ATX Motherboard Reviewed
     Sun, Jul 10 2011 | 12:00P | Motherboards | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
For all intents and purposes, the MSI P67A-GD65 is a very affordable option an INTEL platform. Even with Z68 boards dropping around it. But there are some who like a extra performance, particularly when overclocking. That’s where the P67A-GD80 fits into the picture. It’s a tougher board that can be found at decent pricing and is said to be able to overclock better. Let’s find out if that’s true!
  FULL STORY @ FUTURELOOKS

Liteon iHES212 12x Internal Blu Ray burner
     Sun, Jul 10 2011 | 9:02A | Optical Drives | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
"Blu Ray might just be a stop gap before true HD streaming, but for now it’s one of the easier ways to get hold of high definition movies and other media; especially since it’s becoming more affordable. While they used to cost hundreds of pounds, now you can get yourself an internal one like the one we’re reviewing today for around £60. This one is the Liteon iHES212 12x Internal, let’s give it a look."
  FULL STORY @ XSREVIEWS

Asrock Z68 Pro3-M Socket 1155 Motherboard
     Sun, Jul 10 2011 | 9:01A | Motherboards | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
The Z68 Pro3 M is an abridged version of the Pro3. Bother motherboards offers four DIMM slots, a single PCIe x16 slot, RAID support and amongst of common features. But the Pro3 M shaved off some weight and size. The Pro3 M is a mATX board that also offers what the Z68 is known for and that is Lucid’s Virtu video support and Intel’s Smart Response technology. The Z68 chipset in a microATX form could be the beginning of an ultimate HTPC system.
  FULL STORY @ PRO-CLOCKERS

Max Customization Gaming Mouse Review
     Sun, Jul 10 2011 | 9:00A | Mouse Pads | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
With performance upgrades such as an state of the art 6000DPI Pro-AIM R2 laser sensor, EasyShift [+] feature, integrated Tracking & Distance Control Unit, 10.5 megapixel resolution and 30Gs of acceleration the ROCCAT KONE[+] Max Customization Gaming Mouse is not only almost twice as fast as the original KONE but also the best and fastest all-around gaming mouse to ever pass from our hands.
  FULL STORY @ RWLABS

OCZ Technology Agility 3 240GB Solid State Drive
     Sat, Jul 09 2011 | 4:03P | Hard Drives | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
"The SSD technology of today is worlds better than what we had in 2009. Better understanding of the technology, mature controllers, Windows 7, SATA 6Gb/sec and even the PCI-e bus have all advanced things to a point where SSDs are coming close to mainstream adoption. Pricing is also much more attractive as evident by the drive we are looking at today, OCZ's Agility 3 240GB unit. The Agility 3 is one of three new SATA 6Gb/sec SSDs and is classified as a high-performance drive alongside the higher-end Vertex 3."
  FULL STORY @ OCIA

 
Microsoft Demos C++ AMP Heterogeneous Computing at AMD's Fusion Developer Summit
     Sat, Jul 09 2011 | 4:02P | Software | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
The second day of the AMD Fusion Developer Summit began with a keynote from Microsoft’s Herb Sutter, Principal Architect, Native Languages and resident C++ guru. The gist of Herb’s talk centered around heterogeneous computing and the changes coming with future versions of Visual Studio and C++. One of the main highlights of the talk was a demo of a C++ AMP application that seamlessly took advantage of all of the compute resources within a few of the various demo systems, from workstations to netbooks. The demo, however, was rather interesting to see live. In this physics simulation, bodies are tracked in relation to each other and as additional bodies are added, workload increases with a ramp-up to 100s of GFLops in compute performance.
  FULL STORY @ HETEROGENEOUS

Kingston’s HyperX Plug and Play (PnP) 8GB DDR3 SODIMM 1866MHz
     Sat, Jul 09 2011 | 4:01P | Memory | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
Our latest video review brings us face to face with a product that claims both a performance increase and ease of installation. We’ve heard both claims on many late night infomercials. However, this is one product that is no snake oil and as you see in the video above, Kingston’s new HyperX Plug and Play (PnP) 8GB DDR3 1866MHz Dual Channel SODIMM memory kit really does deliver on both promises. It definitely turned us from educated skeptics into believers, especially when it came to the benchmarks that don’t lie! Hit that play button!
  FULL STORY @ FUTURELOOKS

Corsair HS1A Gaming Headset
     Sat, Jul 09 2011 | 4:00P | Audio / Sound | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
It’s rare to find a company that consistently hits home runs with their products, even more so in the tech industry with how quickly things change. Corsair is one of the few companies that have been consistently innovating in the industry over the past few years with introductions into PSU’s, Audio, and cooling. Because of that when they introduced their HS1A Gaming Headset a lot of people took notice, including us. Today we are going to take a listen to them and see if Corsair hit another home run or just a base hit.
  FULL STORY @ LANOC

Enermax SpineRex
     Sat, Jul 09 2011 | 12:02P | Power Supply | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
The SpineRex is the latest, full tower chassis from Enermax. Taking its name from the top spine cover, we dig deeper to see if the cool, multi-mode and multi-LED fans are trying to draw your focus away from something, or if they are the triumphant sights of a cool chassis.
  FULL STORY @ TECHPOWERUP

Corsair Force 3 120GB SSD review
     Sat, Jul 09 2011 | 12:01P | Hard Drives | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
Corsair added two new SATA 3 6G SSDs to their Force lineup, the Force 3 and Force 3 GT, with the 3 as indicator for SATA 3. The difference in-between the two products is to be found in its NAND flash memory, the GT will be a notch faster in throughput as it makes use of synchronous NAND flash memory, the regular 3 models will run one gear slower, yet still incredibly fast thanks to slightly cheaper asynchronous NAND flash memory. Both drives come with that already famous SandForce SF-2281 controller to deliver at up to 550 MBps read and 510 MBps write speeds. We check out the Corsair Force
  FULL STORY @ GURU3D

ASUS Xonar Xense Premium Gaming Audio
     Sat, Jul 09 2011 | 12:00P | Audio / Sound | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
“When you first see the ASUS Xonar Xense’s EMI shield, you get a sense that this isn’t an ordinary soundcard. The non-ironic conclusion is, you’re right. ASUS has put together another great soundcard and bundled it with a great pair of headphones, the Sennheiser PC350 Xense Edition. The Xonar Xense offers a myriad of inputs and outputs, and can chug out high definition audio up to 192kHz/24bit without breaking a sweat. It easily is one of the coolest pieces of hardware you can add to your rig. Need more convincing? Continue reading to check out all of the details of the ASUS Xonar Xen se."
  FULL STORY @ THINKCOMPUTERS

OCZ RevoDrive 3 X2 480GB PCIe SSD Review
     Sat, Jul 09 2011 | 9:03A | Hard Drives | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
"I'll just start off here by saying the OCZ RevoDrive 3 X2 is one very impressive drive. Not that we expected anything else. Reads of 1500MB/s and writes of 1250MB/s are numbers inconceivable for a single drive just a few years ago. However, the real highlights here are that OCZ has managed to boost performance to nearly double that of its predecessor and in the process, add support for TRIM - which is a welcome improvement. Changing the configuration by shedding the RAID controller and employing the SuperScale storage controller and VCA 2.0 (Virtualized Controller Architecture) technology is a substantial refinement to the drive design..."
  FULL STORY @ LEGITREVIEWS

Kingwin LZP-550 Lazer Platinum 550 W
     Fri, Jul 08 2011 | 4:03P | Power Supply | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
The Kingwin Lazer Platinum LZP-550 is based on Super Flower's platinum platform (Golden King 550W) and according to the manufacturer achieves over 92% efficiency. The power supply's fan will only spin beyond a certain temperature, so the PSU will emit no noise at low loads. In our review we find that this power supply is the best model available in its power range at this time.
  FULL STORY @ TECHPOWERUP

Sapphire Pure Fusion Mini E350 Review
     Fri, Jul 08 2011 | 4:02P | Motherboards | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
"AMD's Brazos platform spans mobility and the small form factor desktop. We review Sapphire's Pure Fusion Mini E350, a mini-ITX board in the TDP of an energy-efficient processor to see how it's moved on the low power and media consumption market niche. "
  FULL STORY @ RAGE3D

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