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Canon Exilim EX-ZR100
     Tue, Jul 05 2011 | 4:00P | Mobile Devices | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
“If you feel the need for speed, then the 12.1-megapixel Casio Exilim EX-ZR100 is for you. It's lightning-fast and takes great photos and video, but its quirks, including a less-than-stellar user interface, keep this camera from the top of its $300 class.”
  FULL STORY @ TECHREVIEWSOURCE

Gigabyte X58A-OC Sub Zero Review
     Tue, Jul 05 2011 | 12:03P | Motherboards | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
Today we have something different at OC3D, a review of the dedicated overclocking board from Gigabyte, and starring 20KG of DICE
  FULL STORY @ MAINBOARD

Duke Nukem Forever Review
     Tue, Jul 05 2011 | 12:02P | Games | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
After more than a decade, the king is back. Duke Nukem has been living the dream of being a worldwide icon since finishing off the Cycloid Emperor long ago - but the aliens have returned. Duke once again has to save both himself and the world by any means necessary. Does this adventure manage to live up to the last?
  FULL STORY @ TECHGAGE

ICY DOCK MB881U3-1SA EZ-Dock Review
     Tue, Jul 05 2011 | 12:01P | Hard Drives | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
“Transferring files from an old hard drive to your new system can be quite annoying. You have to open your system up, mount the drive, etc. If you have an older drive this can take even longer because many new motherboards do not even have IDE connections. This is where the ICY DOCK MB881U3-1SA EZ-Dock comes in. It is a neat little USB 3.0 hard drive dock that supports 3.5-inch and 2.5-inch SATA and IDE drives. Let’s take a look…"
  FULL STORY @ DOCK

Sentry Mesh Fan Controller
     Tue, Jul 05 2011 | 12:00P | Cooling / Heatsinks | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
"The Sentry Mesh is setup in such a way that no less than 40% of the maximum 12V of power courses through the veins of each cable at all times. This means that in the potentiometer's lowest position, the fans are still providing necessary airflow for your components while being virtually silent. This differs from the Sunbeamtech Rheosmart 6, where the potentiometers had a voltage range from 0V (off) to full blast as 12V. I prefer NZXT's method, particularly so with my Noctua case fans. They are quiet enough to begin with, but are virtually silent when the sliders are set to their lowest setting of 40% voltage. This feature also ensures that no matter how low the sliders are set, there will always be some air circulation."
  FULL STORY @ OVERCLOCKERSCLUB

Western Digital Livewire Power Line AV Kit
     Tue, Jul 05 2011 | 9:03A | Audio / Sound | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
We are looking at the Western Digital Powerline AV kit, this puppy boasts 200Mb/s speed without running any new wires. Let's see if this kit performs.
  FULL STORY @ WESTERN

x264 HD Benchmark 4.0 is here!
     Tue, Jul 05 2011 | 9:02A | Benchmarks | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
This is the improved version of the x264 HD Benchmark 3.0 benchmark which had become a standard CPU benchmark for Tech ARP as well as many other hardware enthusiasts. The new x264 HD Benchmark 4.0 ups the ante by using the latest r1913 x264 encoder as well as other changes under the hood. This makes the x264 HD Benchmark 4.0 the new best tool for testing the full capabilities of modern multi-core, multi-threaded processors. Do note that due to the changes, the results from x264 HD Benchmark 4.0 are NOT comparable with results from older versions of the benchmark. In addition to the release of the benchmark, we will be compiling benchmark results for this new version. So please contribute your new benchmark results to this project!
  FULL STORY @ TECHARP

 
Sapphire Radeon HD 6950
     Tue, Jul 05 2011 | 9:01A | Video Cards | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
"Have you been wondering how the AMD Radeon HD 6900 "Cayman" graphics cards are running under Linux? After all, Cayman is quite different from the rest of the Radeon HD 6000 "Northern Island" GPUs and its open-source Linux support came much later. There is no reason to wonder any longer as Sapphire has sent over their Radeon HD 6950 DIRT 3 Special Edition graphics card, which we have now put through our arsenal of tests under Ubuntu Linux."
  FULL STORY @ PHORONIX

Lenovo ThinkPad T420s
     Tue, Jul 05 2011 | 9:00A | Notebooks | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
“The Lenovo ThinkPad T420s is a 14-inch notebook that takes a step up from previous ThinkPads by the addition of the latest Intel Core i5 processor, which really increases performance. It has a very portable and professional design that has a comfortable keyboard, but it does have mediocre battery life.”
  FULL STORY @ NOTEBOOK

Thermolab Trinity Heatsink Review
     Mon, Jul 04 2011 | 4:13P | Cooling / Heatsinks | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
"Thermolab's Trinity heatsink stands 149mm tall with a footprint of 136x58mm. The aluminum finned heatsink weighs 735 grams and comes with one 130x130x25mm PWM fan that operates at 1800-600RPM. The fan is mounted to the heatsinks' fins with permanently attached rubber vibration absorbing posts. Four 6mm diameter sintered metal wick exposed base heatpipes form the backbone of this CPU cooler while a simple bracket system allows it to install onto Intel socket 775/1155/1156/1366 and AMD socket AM2/AM3/FM1 processors."
  FULL STORY @ FROSTYTECH

Iogear Wireless HD Computer to TV Kit
     Mon, Jul 04 2011 | 4:03P | Video Cards | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
You might remember our review of the original Iogear GUWAVKIT some time back. You might also remember some of the gripes we had about the product. Well, it looks like the folks at Iogear are giving this product another shot with an aptly named successor. Does the newer Iogear Wireless HD Computer to TV Kit (GUWAVKIT2) address some of the complaints that we had about its predecessor? What new features and functions does it bring to the table? Is it something that you should consider adding to your home theater arrangement? Let’s dive in and find out.
  FULL STORY @ FUTURELOOKS

Maingear Titan 17 Notebook Review
     Mon, Jul 04 2011 | 4:02P | Notebooks | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
Custom boutique PC builder Maingear has sent us a couple of high-end desktop systems in the last year. The Maingear F131 was pitted against the Puget Deluge Mini and the Acer Predator in our sub-$2,000 gaming desktop roundup of 2010. Then late last year we had a look at their Shift Gaming PC, a beautiful no holds barred $7,000+ triple SLI overclocked monster that any hardware enthusiast would love to own. Today we will be looking at the notebook equivalent of the above mentioned Shift desktop system, known as the Titan 17. Our evaluation system consists of an Intel Core i7-990X Extreme Edition processor, a hexa-core desktop CPU operating at 3.46 GHz. Other notable hardware includes a 17.3” LED-backlit display running at 1920 x 1080, two Nvidia GeForce GTX 485M graphics cards, 6GB of Kingston DDR3-1333 memory, a 120GB Intel 510 solid state drive, a 750GB Western Digital 7200 RPM hard drive, a Blu-ray optical drive, Bigfoot Killer Wireless-N Ultimate network adapter and integrated Bluetooth technology, all running under Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit.
  FULL STORY @ TECHSPOT

Radeon Driver Power Management Has Room For Improvement
     Mon, Jul 04 2011 | 4:01P | Drivers | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
"Today on Phoronix are not only new benchmarks of the proprietary Catalyst graphics driver compared to the open-source Radeon Linux driver alternative when looking at the OpenGL frame-rates, but also metrics on a number of other fronts. In this article is a graphics driver comparison when looking at the system power consumption, GPU operating temperature, and CPU usage too. The results are quite interesting and not commonly looked at on Phoronix or by users."
  FULL STORY @ PHORONIX

Patriot Gauntlet USB 3.0 Hard Drive Enclosure
     Mon, Jul 04 2011 | 4:00P | Hard Drives | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
" Up for review today I’ve got an external hard drive enclosure from patriot Memory called the Gauntlet. This hard drive enclosure is essentially a solid piece of aluminum that will not only protect the drive inside, but will help to keep it cool as well. The Gauntlet features a USB 3.0 connection for fast read and writes, but it also has a backup button on it to allow you to instantly backup your data to the external drive. "
  FULL STORY @ REVIEWTHETECH

News: TRs Spring 2011 system guide
     Mon, Jul 04 2011 | 12:09P | Editorial | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
For months we`ve held back on a full update to our system guide while waiting for B3-revision Sandy Bridge motherboards. They`ve arrived and so has the spring edition of our guide."
  FULL STORY @ TECHREPORT.COM

NVIDIA NF200 x16/x16 vs. Intel x8/x8 P67 Performance Analysis
     Mon, Jul 04 2011 | 12:03P | Video Cards | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
"Unlike most performance motherboards that by default carry only an x8 / x8 setup when SLI or CrossFire X is used, the ASUS Maximus IV Extreme offers us the NF200 chip to add more PCI-E lanes to the board. Over the last few years we've seen companies implement the chip to boards to help move the default SLI or CrossFire X setup from x8 / x8 which is offered via the Intel chipset, to x16 / x16 via the NF200 chip. When you move away from a two card setup and into a three card one, boards without the NF200 chip would run x8 / x8 / x4, while with the NF200 we're able to achieve x16 / x8 / x8 which when having so much power on hand, is extremely appreciated. ASUS do it a little differently, though, and they do it in a way that has confused people. On the Maximus IV Extreme and Extreme-Z, their P67 and Z68 boards, by default they offer x8 / x8 via the Intel chipset. It isn't until you add a third card into the mix that the NF200 chip comes in handy, because in that situation we get a x8 / x16 / x16 setup."
  FULL STORY @ TWEAKTOWN

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