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Point of View Protab 2 XXL Tablet review
     Thu, Jan 12 2012 | 9:02A | Notebooks | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
Today a review on the ProTAB 2 XXL 10" tablet from Point of View from their Mobi range. With a price of only 169,- EUR the specs are decent enough alright. Interesting enough for graphics, the ProTab2XXL also comes with an additional MALI-400 3D graphics chip. Now we never heard of it before tbh, and very little can found about it on the web. But we can certainly measure it's performance and it does allow for FullHD playback. The Mali graphics chip even allows to drive a mini HDMI v1.4 port.
  FULL STORY @ GURU3D

AMD A8-3850 Llano APU and Lynx Platform Preview
     Thu, Jan 12 2012 | 9:01A | CPU / Processors | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
A couple of weeks back, we took a look at AMD's Llano mobile platform and we came away impressed. In the mobile space, Llano offers a capable quad-core CPU, with excellent DX11-class integrated graphics, in a very low power-envelope. Those things translate into good performance and solid battery life in a notebook, two highly desirable traits of mobile system. AMD is now ready with Llano-based products for the desktop. On the desktop, Llano offers similar things. In fact, the underlying technology is identical. But the desktop landscape is very different. Desktops aren't constrained by the limited form-factors and thermal requirements of mobile systems, and as such, Llano has to compete with a much broader range of options. AMD thinks they have struck the right balance between CPU and GPU performance though, and at some very budget-friendly price points. Ultimately, consumers will decide if AMD is on target. In the meantime, we've got the first AMD Llano-based desktop APU, the A8-3850, in the lab, complete with a quartet of A75-chipset based motherboards...
  FULL STORY @ HOTHARDWARE

ARM VP Responds to Partnerships with AMD at Fusion Developer Summit:
     Thu, Jan 12 2012 | 9:00A | CPU / Processors | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
AMD's Fusion Developer Conference is continuing to offer up tidbits of interesting insight from a few top industry professionals. Execs from Microsoft and ARM have given talks on a number of broad industry initiatives, including support for new programming language technologies like C++ AMP and Open CL. In a small round-table discussion with Industry Analyst John Peddie, the seemingly hard-ball question was asked "what is ARM doing here at this AMD conference?" Jem Davies, VP of the Media Processing Division of ARM stepped up to the plate casually to take a swing. It appears as if ARM has their hooks in all over the place.
  FULL STORY @ HOTHARDWARE

XFX Radeon HD 7970 3GB Black Edition and CrossFire Results
     Thu, Jan 12 2012 | 4:12A | Video Cards | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
Let`s you and I be completely honest with each other, we can almost predict exactly what performance benefits you can get from a higher clocked GPU on games where the GPU is indeed the bottleneck. For the XFX Radeon HD 7970 Black Edition Double Dissipation and its 1000 MHz clock speed, performance falls in line with those expectations. Our benchmarks show that in all cases, including 1680x1050 resolution tests, the move from the 925 MHz reference clock to the settings XFX ships with results in 4-7% improvements. There are a couple of exceptions like Skyrim, where the nature of the title lends itself more towards software / architectural changes but in general this is the case."
  FULL STORY @ PCPER.COM

Star Wars The Old Republic Peripherals by Razer Update @ HardwareHeaven.com
     Wed, Jan 11 2012 | 9:02P | Games | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
Last week we published our preview of Razer?s Star Wars: The Old Republic gaming peripherals. That article has now been updated to include a look at Razer?s new Synapse 2.0 software which takes their software to the cloud?"
  FULL STORY @ HARDWAREHEAVEN.COM

HD 7970: Bulldozer vs. Sandy Bridge vs. Nehalem @ techPowerUp
     Wed, Jan 11 2012 | 9:00P | CPU / Processors | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
In our CPU scaling article we investigate gaming performance of AMD`s latest Radeon HD 7970 flagship. The processors in our test group have been selected to match popular CPUs used by gamers and enthusiasts: AMD FX-8150 Bulldozer, Intel Core i5-2500K Sandy Bridge and Intel Core i7-920 Nehalem."
  FULL STORY @ TECHPOWERUP.COM

Intel DH67BL Intel H67 Express Motherboard Review
     Wed, Jan 11 2012 | 1:58P | Motherboards | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
www.pcstats.com

"The microATX Intel DH67BL motherboard is equipped with one PCI Express 2.0 x16 videocard slot that runs with 16-lanes of bandwidth; rounding out the expansion slots are two PCI Express 2.0 x1 slots and one PCI slot. This MicroATX board has four 1.35v dual channel DDR3-1066/1333 memory slots which can accommodate up to 16GB of DDR3 RAM in 64-bit OS like Windows 7."

  FULL STORY @ PCSTATS

 
Gigabyte G1.Assassin 2 review
     Wed, Jan 11 2012 | 1:43P | Motherboards | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
We test the Gigabyte G1.Assassin 2. It's the motherboard that is both loved and hated for it's gun themed design. Regardless of what you guys might thing, Gigabyte knows and certainly appreciates the fact that everybody is talking about their products. The G1.Assassin 2 motherboard comes loaded with some very nice features, much like it predecessors it has an embedded Killer E2100 NIC, said to deliver better networking performance to hardcore gamers. The board itself comes with three PCI Express x16 slots for 3-way CrossFireX and SLI support . Gigabyte also added an integrated Creative X-Fi PCI Express sound card featuring Nichicon MUSE audio capacitors, included is a WIFI and Bluetooth network card.
  FULL STORY @ GURU3D

AMD Fusion APU and Graphics Update
     Wed, Jan 11 2012 | 1:13P | Tradeshows / Events | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
Today at CES 2012 we spent time with AMD, getting briefed on their latest technologies for mobile and desktop platforms. On display and in action was their upcoming Trinity Fusion APU for notebooks, Android 4.0 on an AMD-driven (X86) tablet from MSI, new mobile GPUs based on their 28nm Graphics Core Next architecture and even a little something to take on Intel called, interestingly enough, "Lightning Bolt."
  FULL STORY @ HOTHARDWARE

Corsair Performance Pro
     Wed, Jan 11 2012 | 12:58P | Hard Drives | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
The Corsair Performance Pro opts to use a Marvell controller as opposed to the more popular and widespread SandForce solutions, but can it serve as a counter weight to the SF-based SSDs, or does it just end up as dead weight? We pit the 256GB Performance Pro against similar drives to see where it stands.
  FULL STORY @ NEOSEEKER

x86 Everywhere: Intel Announces Medfield Phones
     Wed, Jan 11 2012 | 12:43P | CPU / Processors | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
After years of work and a few false starts, Intel is finally ready to take the plunge into the smartphone market. At the CES keynote tonight, the CPU giant is officially launching Medfield, the 32nm smartphone SoC it's built to take it into the next generation of smartphones (and a few tablets). The chip---now officially named the Atom Z2460--is ready for primetime...
  FULL STORY @ HOTHARDWARE

CES 2012 Asus X79 Boards
     Wed, Jan 11 2012 | 12:28P | Tradeshows / Events | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
In a lavish suite at the Trump Hotel in Las Vegas, Asus set up a number of existing an upcoming products for eager members of the technology press to ogle and get some hands-on time. In the suite, we had a chance to checkout a handful of upcoming X79 motherboards, nettops, netbooks, notebooks, and even a few tablets and a smartphone. One of the standout products had to be the new Transformer Prime TF700T, which builds upon the original design we showed you here, but adds an absolutely awesome WUXGA, 1920x1200 resolution screen, a higher-resolution front facing camera, and reportedly more reliable Wi-Fi performance
  FULL STORY @ HOTHARDWARE

OCZ CES 2012: Z-Drive R5, Kilimanjaro and Everest 2 Step Out
     Wed, Jan 11 2012 | 12:13P | Tradeshows / Events | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
Prior to the start of this year's CES 2012 show, a number of OEMs were showcasing their latest products at various hotel venues throughout the bustling city of Las Vegas, Nevada. Of course OCZ Technology was first on our list of suites to visit, in an effort to satiate our need for blinding storage speed -- and as usual, Team OCZ did not disappoint. This year, it was actually pretty surprising how many announcements the company was rolling out, from new co-developed solutions with Marvell, to acquisitions and the second coming of their Indilinx Everest controller, dubbed Everest 2.
  FULL STORY @ HOTHARDWARE

PowerColor Radeon HD 7970 CrossFire Graphics Card Review @ HardwareHeaven.com
     Wed, Jan 11 2012 | 12:09P | Video Cards | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
PowerColor Radeon HD 7970 CrossFire Graphics Card Review @ HardwareHeaven.com Today we are finally able to talk about partner cards and so have paired up PowerColor`s hardware in our test system and have retested the latest games such as Battlefield 3 and Star Wars: The Old Republic with single and dual GPU`s on the latest drivers and game patches. What does the PowerColor 7970 and CrossFire offer us? Let`s find out..."
  FULL STORY @ HARDWAREHEAVEN.COM

CES 2012 Roundups From Hardware Websites
     Wed, Jan 11 2012 | 12:03P | Tradeshows / Events | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
www.pcstats.com

CES 2012: MSI GUS II External Thunderbolt Graphics Upgrade System
http://www.pcper.com/news/Graphics-Cards/CES-2012-MSI-GUS-II-External-Thunderbolt-Graphics-Upgrade-System

CES 2012: EVGA parties like it's socket 2011 in Viva Las Vegas.
Dual-socket SR-X mobo, UV Plus+ 39 video out for USB3, PSUs
http://www.pcper.com/news/General-Tech/CES-2012-EVGA-parties-its-socket-2011-Viva-Las-Vegas-Dual-socket-SR-X-mobo-UV-Plus

Hands-on with Samsung's New Series 9 Ultrabook
http://www.pcper.com/news/Mobile/Hands-Samsungs-New-Series-9-Ultrabook

CES 2012: GIGABYTE unveils Z77 -- big, small, gigabytesized
http://www.pcper.com/news/General-Tech/CES-2012-GIGABYTE-unveils-Z77-big-small-gigabytesized

Video Perspective: ASUS MeMO 701 and ASUS Transformer Prime TF700T Hands on!
http://www.pcper.com/news/Mobile/Video-Perspective-ASUS-MeMO-701-and-ASUS-Transformer-Prime-TF700T-Hands

HP Envy 14 Spectre Offers Glass Design, We Go Hands-on
http://www.pcper.com/news/Mobile/HP-Envy-14-Spectre-Offers-Glass-Design-We-Go-Hands

Transformer Prime's 1920x1200 display is more than meets the eye
http://techreport.com/discussions.x/22284

7-series mobos abound at Gigabyte
http://techreport.com/discussions.x/22285

Industry marches ahead with plans to copy, counter Apple
http://techreport.com/discussions.x/22286

MSI to breathe life back into external laptop graphics
http://techreport.com/discussions.x/22283

Asus adds two pieces of Flare to Eee PC lineup
http://techreport.com/discussions.x/22280

New Acer ultrabook touted as "world's thinnest"
http://techreport.com/discussions.x/22279

Sapphire EVGA and Rosewill @  CEX 2012
http://www.ninjalane.com/blogs/blogpost22344.aspx

Archos @ CES 2012
http://bcchardware.us2.list-manage.com/track/click?u=062872501b7ea1573b2f63459&id=961c811c19&e=881fb66437

E-Fun Tablets -
http://bcchardware.us2.list-manage2.com/track/click?u=062872501b7ea1573b2f63459&id=b3de7bab2a&e=881fb66437

Magellan -
http://bcchardware.us2.list-manage.com/track/click?u=062872501b7ea1573b2f63459&id=5413b95df3&e=881fb66437

Arctic Products -
http://bcchardware.us2.list-manage1.com/track/click?u=062872501b7ea1573b2f63459&id=45d1b39040&e=881fb66437

Lian Li -
http://bcchardware.us2.list-manage1.com/track/click?u=062872501b7ea1573b2f63459&id=b0e3c1d4d7&e=881fb66437

ROCCAT -
http://bcchardware.us2.list-manage.com/track/click?u=062872501b7ea1573b2f63459&id=4f7ae89243&e=881fb66437

AfterShokz -
http://bcchardware.us2.list-manage.com/track/click?u=062872501b7ea1573b2f63459&id=6b10e20a7e&e=881fb66437

Crucial -
http://bcchardware.us2.list-manage1.com/track/click?u=062872501b7ea1573b2f63459&id=4d60186789&e=881fb66437

WeeklyTechUpdate Episode #139 Podcast -
http://bcchardware.us2.list-manage2.com/track/click?u=062872501b7ea1573b2f63459&id=841a5fa1ff&e=881fb66437

CES Day One Gallery -
http://bcchardware.us2.list-manage.com/track/click?u=062872501b7ea1573b2f63459&id=ebf1852e75&e=881fb66437

Subject: CES 2012 Day 0 - Press Day - MSI Thermaltake and nVidia 
http://www.ninjalane.com/blogs/blogpost22339.aspx

  FULL STORY @ CES ROUNDUPS - DAY 1

Seasonic Platinum 1000W Power Supply Review @ APH Networks
     Wed, Jan 11 2012 | 11:40A | Power Supply | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
Tell you what -- first review of the year, and we got something good in our hands. Late last year, there were some particularly unique power supplies released into the market; such as the Seasonic Platinum and Cooler Master Silent Pro Hybrid. Obviously, as you can tell by my hyperlink, the latter was already covered by yours truly back in November 2011. What is unique about these power supplies boils down to the fact that both PSU`s internal cooling fan can be shut off completely under relatively light loads. As a quiet PC enthusiast, this is like a gift from God himself -- fusing together a compromise-free solution by combining both power and silence into one single package. Unfortunately, it seems Satan had a hand in the Silent Pro Hybrid, because there is one problem with it: The fan control system goes bazerk sometimes. That`s too bad. So what we have here at APH Networks this morning is yet another product of similar ideas, but claims to have superior execution. Firstly, the Seasonic Platinum, as its name suggests, is 80 Plus Platinum certified. Secondly, the fan can remain off until 30% load is reached, which translates to 300W for our 1000W unit. Considering how most PCs don`t suck down 300W even under moderate loads, this is a very impressive and crucial figure. Therefore, without further delay, is the Seasonic Platinum 1000W a power supply from Heaven, pure and unadulterated? Read on to find out!"
  FULL STORY @ APHNETWORKS.COM

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