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Sapphire Radeon 6770 Vapor-X
     Mon, Jun 20 2011 | 9:02A | Video Cards | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
“Sapphire is known for producing some impressive cards in its Vapor-X lineup that run cool and quiet, and we expect no less from this Radeon 6770 card as well. But is it a good value card for gamers on a modest budget? Let's find out.”
  FULL STORY @ PUREOVERCLOCK

Silverstone Raven 3.
     Mon, Jun 20 2011 | 9:01A | Games | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
"On the outside one can see the legacy of the previous versions but what have Silverstone changed on the inside?!"
  FULL STORY @ METKU

Zalman CNPS9900 Max Heatsink Review
     Mon, Jun 20 2011 | 9:00A | CPU / Processors | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
“The Zalman CNPS9900 Max heatsink based on a unique looped style heatpipe design looks great, but can it contain today’s overclocked heat monsters CPUs?"
  FULL STORY @ OVERCLOCKERS

Thermaltake Tt eSPORTS Azurues Optical Mouse Review
     Sun, Jun 19 2011 | 4:03P | Mouse Pads | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
Azurues. The word boggles the mind. No, it is not the famous BitTorrent program where individuals use to violate copyright laws. No, it is not the Dendrobates Azureus, the poison dart frog residing in central Brazil. No, it is not Windows Azure, the service platform. Heck, it isn't even referring to the Latin work "Azure", which refers to a specific blue-cyan color. So what the heck is Azurues? Well, after doing a quick Google search, I have absolutely no idea. It seems that Thermaltake's sub-brand Tt eSPORTS decided to flip the "eu" at the end of Azureus to make Azurues. See the difference? According to the all-knowing internet, the only thing that takes the name Azurues is the Tt eSPORTS Azurues. So what is this mouse based off of? It is not blue, it has no hind-legs for jumping, and it is not poisonous. So let's just assume it is only the new first-person-shooter battle-ready mouse from Tt eSPORTS. Out of all the mice from Tt eSPORTS, this one is quite the mystery. Not just in its name; but also its performance. It does not feature all the multiple functions and huge button arrays found on common RTS mice. It only features what is important when aiming for the head; right click, left click, and scroll wheel. Okay, we're done, that is all I have to say for this mouse -- tune in next week... just kidding! As simple as this mouse seems, there is quite a lot to cover. So without further adieu, let's read on!
  FULL STORY @ APHNETWORKS

Thermaltake Max 5G 3.5" Hard Drive Enclosure Review
     Sun, Jun 19 2011 | 4:02P | Hard Drives | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
Have you ever woken up in the morning and wished for a breakfast in bed? I am certain a few of you individuals have experienced this craving, and let me be the first to tell you that the Thermaltake Max 5G is exactly that craving taunter. Now, many of you are probably wondering what I am trying to get at here, so let me clarify -- bacon. Simply put, this hard drive enclosure smells like bacon in my opinion. Thermaltake must have some kind of telekinesis power, because who would make a HDD enclosure that smells like bacon? Let us not get too carried away with the "bacony" goodness of the Max 5G. Many would have expected this "meaty" enclosure to make a lot of noise, considering it incorporates two fans. With two fans, one would at least expect to hear much of the fan noise. However, after turning it on for quite some time, it was actually not too bad. Continuing on with my daily chores, it almost made me think the fans were not even on, but the stylish blue LEDs convinced me otherwise. I am not sure what is with all the blue LED fans that manufactures keep using on almost all the electronics I use, but it is almost getting to the point where my computer is now a glowing blue monster in the middle of the night. Thermaltake sure seems to be messing around my head when it comes to this enclosure. Read on to find out why!
  FULL STORY @ APHNETWORKS

Gigabyte Radeon HD 6870 1GB SOC Graphics Card Review
     Sun, Jun 19 2011 | 4:01P | Video Cards | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
When Stephen Harper won the 41st Canadian general election and became the Prime Minister for the third time in five years, political commentators on TV praised him for his very well presented victory speech. But why are we praising someone who didn't even write the speech in the first place? The answer to this question is actually quite simple, but requires some food for thought. So let's put it this way: Give the same speech to people like you or me. Unless your name happens to be Stephen J. Harper, just because we have the same draft on hand, does not mean we can present it as well as the next. In the same way, we all know there are a billion versions of the same video card in the market today. Whether it is ASUS or MSI or HIS or PowerColor or Gigabyte, they all have all have some kind of AMD or NVIDIA GPU in the middle, and none of the board manufacturers had any hand in the design of the GPU. So what makes you want to buy a Gigabyte video card over, say, an ASUS variant, even though they are both Radeon 6870s? Other than the usual price and warranty factors, stuff like the included cooler plays a role, too. The Gigabyte Radeon HD 6870 1GB SOC we are reviewing today is a great example of what makes a run-of-the-mill graphics card unique among the competition. Combined with high quality electronic components and a hardcore looking WindForce 3X triple fan heatsink, how well does this "super" overclock version of AMD's excellent Radeon 6870 GPU step up against its competitors? We took one in and fired up our test platform for some benchmarking fun. Read on to see why we like this card so much!
  FULL STORY @ GIGABYTE

In Win Dragon Slayer Computer Case Review
     Sun, Jun 19 2011 | 4:00P | Cases | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
If you have a mATX motherboard kicking around and want to put it to use, why not put it to use with style in the In Win Dragon Slayer? Don't have a mATX motherboard, you aren't alone; and I can assure you this chassis is not for you. This computer case reminds me of the feeling you get when getting into a compact car, and you are expecting it to be tiny. Suddenly, you get in it, and it feels roomier than a big truck -- go figure. The Dragon Slayer is a fairly small sized case, yet provides lots of playing room. In fact, it is large enough to handle two full sized VGA cards. On the other hand, the style of the case is up to debate; it neither impresses me nor disappoints me. Oddly, the case reminds more of a supply crate from a video game, and not as much as the acclaimed medieval chain armor. The side panel looks like someone had a fun time with a drill, but otherwise the front of the case has a very nice glow to the In Win logo -- if your computer isn't already bright enough. Oh wait, is this the introduction? Too bad. I am not going to give too much of my review away right now. As I have mentioned earlier, this is a mATX chassis, so if you are using an ATX board, the Dragon Slayer will not work for you. But if you are looking for a mATX case, then read on to find if this is the one to get!
  FULL STORY @ APHNETWORKS

 
Netgear NeoTV 550 HD Network Media Player Review
     Sun, Jun 19 2011 | 12:03P | Mobile Devices | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
"When we first saw Netgear NeoTV 550, we really didn’t think too much of it. The specs said Netgear designed and built the media player around a 2-year old chip – the 667 Mhz Sigma 8642. We were worried that when we got the player in the LR Bunker that it would simply fail to perform like the competition. Boy, were we wrong..."
  FULL STORY @ LEGITREVIEWS

600T mid-tower
     Sun, Jun 19 2011 | 12:02P | Cases | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
"When the Corsair 600T was first released it was only available in gun-metal gray and as we all know black has been in style for years, but is starting to get boring. Corsair recognized this and has 'refreshed' the 600T in order to bring out a Special Edition White case that looks pretty stunning with a mixture of white and black bezels. The Special Edition white also comes with a hole in the side panel that you can insert either an acrylic window or mesh panel into depending on how you want to configure the case. Both panels are included, which is a nice touch as you can change it when your needs change down the road..."
  FULL STORY @ LEGITREVIEWS

OCZ Vertex 3 120GB SSD Review
     Sun, Jun 19 2011 | 12:01P | Hard Drives | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
"Performance on the OCZ Vertex 3 120GB SSD was excellent and on the compressible data benchmarks, the drive exceeded the rated specifications of 550MB/s read and 500MB/s writes. Incompressible data slowed things down noticeably on the sequential writes and that is where the Vertex 3 120GB lost ground to the larger Vertex 3 240 GB drive as it has half the number of die channels. Still, the random performance was exemplary and that's where Windows spends much of its time in terms of data access..."
  FULL STORY @ LEGITREVIEWS

GIGABYTE P67A-UD7-B3 Motherboard Review
     Sun, Jun 19 2011 | 12:00P | Motherboards | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
"One of the areas that many of us (myself included) want to know about when purchasing a shiny new motherboard, is the overclocking potential. Well I'm here to tell you, the GIGABYTE P67A-UD7-B3 has plenty! I was able to bring the Intel Core i5 2500K to a new high with the P67A-UD7-B3. Enabling the Internal PLL Voltage and Level 10 Load-Line calibration to reduce the V-Droop we were able to bring our Intel Core i5 2500K to 5141MHz. That is nearly 100MHz better than we have been able to achieve previously..."
  FULL STORY @ LEGITREVIEWS

How To Reset Your iPad To Its Factory Settings
     Sun, Jun 19 2011 | 9:03A | Mobile Devices | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
Obviously with all tablet’s and smartphones after a long period of usage, your device will become cluttered with applications and various collections of media that you no longer use or listen to. One in particular is the iPad; and even though Apple provide a 64gb version, it just isn’t enough for some users so at some point you’ll need or want to start over because the mass amount of pages and folders will become too much to handle!
  FULL STORY @ REVIEWS

Zalman ZM-VE200 External HDD Case Review
     Sun, Jun 19 2011 | 9:02A | Hard Drives | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
The new ZM-VE200 HDD enclosure comes to help the people that use frequently CDs or DVDs at work or at home, for performing different tasks like installing OSes on many computers, programs and why not, even games. The only thing that needs to be done is to convert the disks into ISO images, transfer them on the 2.5' HDD and mount any of them in a matter of seconds, by using the lateral jog switch.
  FULL STORY @ MADSHRIMPS

Antec Six Hundred 600 Gaming Mid-Tower Computer Case Review
     Sun, Jun 19 2011 | 9:01A | Cases | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
"Antec's Six Hundred gaming chassis has proven to be a bit of a mixed bag. I like the look and the few features that it has are quite good, but Antec touts it as, "The Ultimate Gaming Case." I'll take exception with them on this point."
  FULL STORY @ ANTEC

BitFenix Shinobi Window Mid Tower Chassis Review
     Sun, Jun 19 2011 | 9:00A | Cases | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
"Bringing affordable chassis designs to the masses is what BitFenix has been about since its inception. Not only have they been great at delivering wallet friendly designs, BitFenix has also delivered shapes, lighting, textures and all around good looking chassis' so far. Up to now it seems they are well known for the Colossus in its many flavors. While that design is a very large full tower chassis, sometimes that isn't what's needed for a build, or the larger frame just won't fit in your limited spacing. BitFenix already released one mid tower chassis design with the Survivor and Survivor Core cases. While I thought the chassis was stunning to look at, it was complicated to get inside once fully assembled. So, BitFenix went back to the design team and said, let's deliver another mid tower chassis, but make it look nothing like the Survivor or Colossus cases already out there. This time around they delivered me a more subdued chassis with straight lines and a small stature as to accommodate everything from a full ATX build down to mini-ITX systems. Not only that, but they offer it in a case that fits not only in the spacing that is sometimes limited, but with the more subtle styling that allows this new chassis to fit with almost any décor."
  FULL STORY @ TWEAKTOWN

Seagate GoFlex Slim 320GB USB 3.0 Hard Drive
     Sat, Jun 18 2011 | 4:03P | Hard Drives | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
While testing may have been necessary to prove the performance claims regarding the Seagate GoFlex Slim 320GB USB 3.0 hard drive, the other key selling point is blatantly obvious with just a casual glance. The GoFlex Slim lives up to its name, as it is ultra-compact in all directions, especially its thickness. At just 9mm thick it is about as thin as some bare 2.5" drives.
  FULL STORY @ BIGBRUIN

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