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QNAP TS-412 Turbo NAS Review
     Sat, Jul 02 2011 | 4:02P | Networking | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
In recent years, QNAP has emerged as one of the biggest names in the network-attached storage business and for good reason: it offers one of the largest and most impressive NAS product lines. The company's offerings start at $150 and can go for more than $1,000 catering to home, SMB and corporate needs. As one of QNAP's most affordable 4-bay NAS, we were unsurprisingly drawn to the TS-412. The device is fetching only $40 more than the older TS-410, but considering its Marvell processor runs 50% faster (800MHz versus 1.2GHz), we feel the TS-412 is a better value, and so we've opted to review it instead. We also believe the QNAP TS-412 could displace Synology's $360 DS411J. Although the Synology device features the same 1.2GHz Marvell processor, it comes equipped with 128MB of memory, the TS-412 doubles that to 256MB -- not to mention other shortcomings that we'll explain later in the review. We're also curious about how it compares to NAS devices in the $500-$600 bracket. Assuming QNAP's latest product doesn't disappoint -- and they rarely do -- the TS-412 has a fair chance at becoming the "go-to" 4-bay NAS.
  FULL STORY @ TECHSPOT

Tablets of 2011: What to Look For - June Update
     Sat, Jul 02 2011 | 4:01P | Mobile Devices | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
Last year promised to be the year of the tablet, and at least for Apple, it was. The nearly ubiquitous iPad managed not only to outsell every other tablet on the market by a wide margin, it also exceeded Mac sales in Q4 with a record 7.33 million units moved. Apple is not likely to lose its throne anytime soon, but competition is now making itself present from every possible angle. If Android's smartphone gains serve any indication this should be an interesting year for tablets. Companies such as Asus and Samsung are coming on strong with their first Android "Honeycomb" tablets, while Research In Motion isn't doing too well with the PlayBook. It remains to be seen if HP suffers the same fate or if its Palm acquisition pays off when it launches the TouchPad, the first webOS-based tablet, on July 1st. We've compiled a comparative table with what we consider are the hottest tablets either currently available or announced so far. With more than a dozen options already available in the market, this will definitely serve as a starting point for narrowing down your purchase.
  FULL STORY @ TECHSPOT

Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 Review
     Sat, Jul 02 2011 | 4:00P | Mobile Devices | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
The Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1, in its current form, was born out of a response to Apple's sleek and thin iPad 2 tablet. The original Galaxy Tab 10.1, which hadn't reached market yet, just couldn't compete, so Samsung went back the drawing board and turned out this beauty of a tablet in record time. And this one can compete. The Galaxy Tab 10.1 features a large, wide-screen display that looks sharp and bright, and it rests inside a body that is incredibly thin and light. This 10-inch tablet weighs less than a number of smaller tablets on the market, yet it still packs a dual-core 1GHz processor and the latest version of Android 3.1 Honeycomb. There still aren't very many tablet-specific Android apps, and those that exist are not that easy to find in the Android Market, but the Galaxy Tab 10.1 is still a desirable piece of kit.
  FULL STORY @ TECHSPOT

Mushkin Enhanced Joule 700 Watt Power Supply Review
     Sat, Jul 02 2011 | 12:02P | Power Supply | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
"This time around we have another power supply from Mushkin ready to go through our load tests. Last month we took a look at the Mushkin Enhanced Joule 800W power supply. Now we have the Joule 700W on the bench for testing. Being that the unit is from the same series and manufacturer, you would expect almost identical builds and results. Right off the delivery truck we could tell a big difference in design between the 700W and 800W models. It was quite apparent that the Joule 700W didn't have nearly as extensive cooling on the inside. We also noticed that while the 800W model holds an 80Plus Silver rating, the smaller 700W model only manages to hold an 80Plus Bronze rating."
  FULL STORY @ TWEAKTOWN

Disabling Windows Pagefile & Hibernation to Reclaim SSD Space
     Sat, Jul 02 2011 | 12:01P | Hard Drives | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
With the storage space offered on traditional HDDs, SSDs can leave a bit to be desired. Making matters worse are the Windows hibernation mode and pagefile, responsible for hogging at least 8GB (22GB in my case) of your precious SSD space. We're taking a look at the caveats of disabling both, and discuss the fixes.
  FULL STORY @ TECHGAGE

Radeon HD 2900
     Sat, Jul 02 2011 | 12:00P | Video Cards | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
"This is a big deal for AMD. While they have had trouble keeping up with Intel on the CPU side, we can see that they have had no problems staying ahead with graphics. Their push towards heterogeneous computing is also shared with NVIDIA, and their combined efforts towards utilizing this functionality will benefit both in the long run. Intel is still more CPU-centric, but we are starting to see them taking a larger interest in this technology. The cancelled Larabee project may have been misguided in terms of addressing the gaming and graphics market, but the parallel computing ramifications of this part and its extreme programmability hint at things to come."
  FULL STORY @ OVERVIEW

Thermaltake's Element Q mini-ITX/HTPC case.
     Sat, Jul 02 2011 | 9:03A | Cases | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
The Element Q is certainly a case built for small places. The ITX premise does bring into account of a lot of issues that need solving, mainly where do you install everything. Thermaltake did an excellent job at making the Element Q easy to work with and easy to install everything we needed. Installation was quick for this system, mostly because of the limitations on what hardware could be used. The included power supply was a nice touch, so you will not have to worry about finding one that will fit the way the case intended it to fit.
  FULL STORY @ THERMALTAKE

 
Sapphire Radeon HD 6670 Ultimate Video Card
     Sat, Jul 02 2011 | 9:02A | Video Cards | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
The HD Radeon 6670 Ultimate has all the specs a mid-range gamer wants and all the ports a media enthusiast wants. HDMI, DVI-d, and DP with passive cooling. Let's see how this card fares in our review.
  FULL STORY @ TECHWARELABS

Cooler Master HAF 932 Advanced Review
     Sat, Jul 02 2011 | 9:01A | Cases | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
As you may all well know, Cooler Master made a case back in 2008 called HAF 932, well this is not it. This is the new HAF 932 Advanced released this year. This new enclosure is the upgraded version of the HAF 932. The 932 was such a good case Cooler Master felt that they couldn’t just discontinue it, so they have made it more advance with the new USB 3.0 design feature plus, the Advanced also features its sturdy sentinel housing and revolutionary High Air Flow structure to enhance and can protect any hardware component that is worthy of the highest performance.”
  FULL STORY @ HARDWARELOOK

Toshiba BDX5200
     Sat, Jul 02 2011 | 9:00A | Home Theatre | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
“On paper, the Toshiba BDX5200 is a full-featured, bargain-priced Blu-ray player that would make a nice addition to most home theater systems. Between its price, features, and performance make it stand out as the best choice on the market today available for less than $200.”
  FULL STORY @ TECHREVIEWSOURCE

DiRT 3 GPU & CPU Performance Test
     Fri, Jul 01 2011 | 4:03P | Video Cards | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
As one of the first games to take advantage of DirectX 11, we've been using Dirt 2 to benchmark graphics cards since its arrival in late 2009. Although it's been a crucial part of our testbed, Dirt 2 isn't quite as taxing as it was when the first DX11 cards arrived. With Crysis 2 dissapointingly restricted to DX9 and few other knee-buckling games on the immediate horizon, we've been eagerly awaiting the next iteration of Codemaster's racing series. The company answered our prayers last week, launching Dirt 3 for the PC, Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3. Developed with the latest (v2.0) EGO game engine, Dirt 3 is a spectacular looking racing game with some surprisingly high, but also incredibly vague recommended system requirements. Codemasters recommends that you play with an AMD Phenom II or Intel Core i7 processor and an AMD Radeon HD 6000 series graphics card, but fails to mention specific models or anything at all from Nvidia. Meanwhile, the minimum requirements say you can scrape by with a paltry Athlon 64/Pentium D and HD 2000/GeForce 8000 class graphics. While it's nice that gamers with five year-old machines can play Dirt 3, we're more interested in knowing what it takes to experience the game with all its visual splendor. As usual we've compiled the performance of over 20 graphics cards, all DX11 capable, at several different resolutions.
  FULL STORY @ TECHSPOT

Silverstone Raven 3 (RV03) ATX Case Review
     Fri, Jul 01 2011 | 4:02P | Cases | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
The Raven series employs an unconventional design that rotates the motherboard and power supply so they are mounted vertically with the I/O panel facing the top of the chassis. Besides improved cooling courtesy of the "stack effect," this design makes it much easier to access the system's power, display, USB, Ethernet and other connectors. Although Silverstone's second-generation RV02 executed this unique layout very well, the new Raven 3 (RV03) looks to improve on some of its weaknesses in addition to delivering a smaller footprint at a slightly lower price. The Raven 3 is said to have an MSRP of only $160, which is hard to believe considering the competition's pricing. When we reviewed the RV02, its $180 MSRP surprised us as similar products were selling for over $200. At just $160, we believe the Raven 3 could quite easily stand in a league of its own despite having some serious competition such as the Cooler Master HAF 932 Advanced, Thermaltake Element V Black Edition, Antec DF-85 Black and Antec Twelve Hundred. Let's press on to find out how the RV03 "stacks up."
  FULL STORY @ TECHSPOT

Thecus N3200XXX NAS Review
     Fri, Jul 01 2011 | 4:01P | Networking | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
Just over four years ago, we reviewed our first Thecus product: a dual-bay NAS powered by an Intel IOP 80219 processor and 128MB of DDR RAM. Although we appreciated many aspects of the Y.E.S. Box, it wasn't without flaws. Its GUI was ugly and clumsy, its setup process was confusing, and performance left much to be desired. Looking back at the review, it's incredible how far we've come in terms of cost and functionality in just a few years. While pricing on NAS devices hasn't changed much, virtually everything else has. In fact, 2TB 5400RPM desktop drives start at only $80, and today's budget NAS devices are considerably more powerful and functional. The company has released countless new products and we have one onsite: the N3200XXX, another small office/home office NAS. The $430 device is part of Thecus' new XXX series, which supposedly delivers Xtreme power, Xtreme function, and Xtreme value. As cute as that may be, we're more interested in seeing how it stacks up to the competition.
  FULL STORY @ TECHSPOT

HIS 6870 IceQ X Turbo X Video Card Review
     Fri, Jul 01 2011 | 4:00P | Video Cards | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
"With the same high-performing cooler, the HIS 6870 IceQ X Turbo X should be remarkably similar to the HIS 6950 IceQ X Turbo X reviewed previously. The mid-range 6870 should run cool and quiet while sporting hefty overclocks like the high-end cards."
  FULL STORY @ 6870

Thermaltake Level 10GT Case
     Fri, Jul 01 2011 | 12:03P | Cases | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
Thermaltakes Level 10 case made big headlines when it came out but due to a pretty hefty price tag it has not made it as big as they hoped for. The new Level 10GT is a cheaper version of this case but it looks the same and has pretty much the same features and specifications as the original Level 10.
  FULL STORY @ RBMODS

Gigabyte G1.Assassin
     Fri, Jul 01 2011 | 12:02P | Motherboards | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
"When I rebuilt my boss' PC earlier this year I was able to replace the motherboard, RAM, CPU, graphics and power supply for the price of this one motherboard. Albiet with a lower performance regimen than this board aims for. On the other hand, however, there are those two cards that are included on the board itself. The network card and X-Fi cards when bought sperately run about $150 for both. Subtract that off of the price and you're now looking at $400, which is reasonable. Now figure in the ability to still run a four card graphics setup with these two cards still included and you've got yourself an exclusive option that is now quite a deal."
  FULL STORY @ OVERCLOCKERSCLUB

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