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News: The TR Podcast 98: Of Bulldozers and Rage
     Sat, Nov 19 2011 | 10:08P | Editorial | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
This episode of the TR Podcast has it all: listener mail gaming talk an interview with Asus and a lengthy expose on AMD`s new Bulldozer processors."

Be Quiet! Pure Power CM L8 730 W @ techPowerUp
     Sat, Nov 19 2011 | 9:51P | Power Supply | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
Be Quiet, as the name implies, specializes in the construction of silent PC components like CPU coolers, fans and power supplies. In this review we will test the Pure Power CM L8 730W, a modular PSU that targets the tight budget users since it features an affordable price, it is 80 PLUS Bronze certified and is equipped with four PCIe connectors. On top of that it promises quiet operation even at full load thanks to the SilentWings fan technology."

Lenovo ThinkVision LT1421 Portable Monitor Review: A Second Display for Road Warriors
     Sat, Nov 19 2011 | 5:26P | Monitors | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
Still, there are some flaws that keep this product from earning an Editor`s Choice. Display quality could use some work, as could the brightness. Considering the price, it doesn`t seem to be unreasonable to expect an extremely nice panel, but that`s not what is provided. If Lenovo can improve these traits in the next iteration, without making the display thicker or heavier, it will be a brilliant product."

OCZ ZS Series 650 W @ techPowerUp
     Sat, Nov 19 2011 | 4:59P | Power Supply | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
OCZ is very busy lately releasing new PSU models. Today we have the chance to test the OCZ ZS 650W. The main difference compared to the bigger ZS 750W, besides capacity, is the reduced number of available PCIe connectors, only two. Like all ZS units it has 80 PLUS Bronze efficiency, its OEM is Sirfa and it uses a non-modular cabling design."

ZOTAC ZBOX Plus ? Media PC @ TechwareLabs
     Sat, Nov 19 2011 | 1:58P | Home Theatre | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
Zotac is joining the Brazos fray with their latest offering, the ZBOX Plus. Powered by an AMD E-350 Zacate APU, this compact device promises smooth 1080p video playback and competent day-to-day performance on productivity tasks. Lets see how well this little box stacks up."

3D Vision Gets Updated with LightBoost Larger Panels and New Glasses
     Sat, Nov 19 2011 | 12:23P | Video Cards | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
LightBoost is the brand associated with changes in 3D panel display technology that supposedly alleviates much of the brightness concern from 3D gaming. The LED backlight will now pulse twice as bright in unison with the glasses so that the 3D brightness can appear as much as twice as bright when combined with the new, faster shutter on the updated 3D Vision glasses. This is what allows the glasses to be be left open longer to provide more environmental light for the gamer, allowing viewing of the environment (like the keyboard, cell phone, etc) to be brighter as well."

FSP Aurum CM Gold 750 W @ techPowerUp
     Sat, Nov 19 2011 | 12:07P | Power Supply | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
FSP decided to enrich the successful Aurum series with three new models that feature more wattages and a semi modular cabling system. The latter will be of great interest to many, since nowadays more and more users seek a modular PSU in order to avoid the extra effort needed for cable management with non modular units."

iBuyPower BTS 11 Gaming PC
     Sat, Nov 19 2011 | 9:33A | Games | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
Some might say, ?Hey, I could build a rig similar, or better, for a lot less.? In actuality, while doing a price comparison via Newegg with the different components the system comes with, including the operating system ? some parts we couldn?t find to include in the price comparison, like the Xion 700W PSU, the actual RAM, and iBuyPower?s water cooling solution, so similar parts were priced out instead ? we found that it would cost about the same as what iBuyPower is offering the BTS 11 for."

Gigabyte GA 990FXA-UD5
     Sat, Nov 19 2011 | 9:28A | Motherboards | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
This review took far longer than it should have. Blaming the new architecture and brand new chip is not even half of it though, and the change in testing location temporarily does not account for it, either. It straight boils down to *how much fun* this platform was to tweak and play around on. Every time it came to start benching it, a new idea came up and off again I would go corrupting another Windows install trying to run too fast and too tight on too little voltage. That said, the Gigabyte UD5 is extremely easy to OC the old-fashioned way. Lately, boards have included a button to push to automatically OC your system. None of that is included here. In fact, you may want to avoid the Gigabyte Easy Tune software as well. If you want to soft-clock, use AMD overdrive."

G. Skill Ripjaws X 1866MHz Memory Kit
     Sat, Nov 19 2011 | 9:25A | Memory | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
All in all, the G. Skill RipJaws X 8GB DDR3 1866MHz kit, to us, is a damn good purchase. The sticks ran extremely well at their rated speed of 1866MHz with only 1.5v needed, and ran just as well overclocked at 2133MHz needing no boost in DRAM voltages. That alone in our eyes just screams ?winner,? not to mention the fact that the kit ran at 2155Mhz during our tests."

Cooler Master X-Slim laptop pad
     Sat, Nov 19 2011 | 9:23A | Notebooks | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
The Cooler Master X-Slim is a good lightweight design for a laptop cooler, which will help if you decide to take it with you on the go. The support for any laptop up to 17? makes this a very versatile cooling option. With the two height settings and the USB pass-through, Cooler Master has tried to squeeze every feature possible into this thin cooler."

Silverstone Precision Series PS06 Case
     Sat, Nov 19 2011 | 9:20A | Cases | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
Overall, the Silverstone PS06 is a great mid-tower case. The aesthetics may not be for everyone, but most people will probably appreciate the clean, sharp look of it. [*Editor`s initial reaction:* *Damn*, that`s a sharp-looking rig.] The blue accents really stand out, and help the PS06 sport a unique and distinctive look from the other Silverstone cases of the past. Just like they did with the RV03, Silverstone?s designers took a step away from a prestigious brand tradition and shook things up a little with this system. The wire management solution, for a mid-tower case, was great. It helped easily hide our wires and kept air flowing with as minimum a hindrance as possible."

Xigmatek Elysium
     Sat, Nov 19 2011 | 9:15A | Cases | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
In Homer?s *Odyssey*, Elysium is described as a paradise, ?? where life is easiest for men. No snow is there, nor heavy storm, nor ever rain, but ever does Ocean send up blasts of the shrill-blowing West Wind that they may give cooling to men.? Today, Xigmatek sent us their version of paradise with their first so-called ?super tower,? the Elysium."

Intel 320 Series 160GB SSD
     Sat, Nov 19 2011 | 9:12A | Hard Drives | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
For the average user, who is just as or more concerned with reliability and preventing data loss, the 320?s solid feel makes the drive a highly recommended upgrade from an existing mechanical drive or lower-performance SSD. The capacitors included in the drive ensure that even during power loss, all data in buffers will get written to the NAND flash. This data ?bulletproofing? offers tremendous peace of mind (but you should still use a UPS, especially in a business setting)."

Raidmax Blackstorm
     Sat, Nov 19 2011 | 9:10A | Cases | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
This is the neat one-click option you have for the other side panel to help make installing your system much easier. The panel folds down, as you see above, giving you access to everything?. except the back of your motherboard. If you?re doing a heatsink swap or a new build, you?ll need to unmount your mainboard to secure or change heatsink mounting brackets. For anything short of this, however, this is a very slick and convenient feature."

Corsair Obsidian 650D Case
     Sat, Nov 19 2011 | 9:07A | Cases | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
The Corsair 650D was a pleasure to work with while reviewing it. The 650D oozes class with the brushed black exterior, which helps show the quality and pride Corsair takes in making their cases. The stealth I/O ports were a nice touch to help keep the clean, minimalistic look on the front. The top hot-swap bay is a nice addition to the 650D, making it simple for the average person (or lazy power user). The quick release handles make us really happy, as it takes no time at all to get inside the 650D. This is great if you like to exchange hardware out on a regular basis. * *"

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