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AMD Radeon HD 6870 and 6850 Overclocked Round-up
     Sun, Jan 30 2011 | 12:02P | Video Cards | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
As enthusiasts, one of the things we can always count on is the never-ending progression of computer hardware. Year after year, video cards get faster, processors offer more cores and / or performance, and motherboards provide additional features. That top of the line, $500 GPU you bought a few years ago can't touch the performance of a $200 graphics card available today. Yes, it's tough to keep up with the rapid pace of technology. But by shopping smarter, you minimize the chance of feeling buyer's remorse a few months down the road. These factory overclocked Radeon HD 6800 series graphics cards from PowerColor and HIS have made their way into our testing lab, and it's time once again for another round up...
  FULL STORY @ HOTHARDWARE

3 TB Hard Disk Drive Installation Guide
     Sun, Jan 30 2011 | 12:01P | Beginners Guides | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
When news first leaked about the imminent launch of the Western Digital Caviar Green 3 TB hard disk drive, it got a ton of people really excited. Everyone has been fervently awaiting the arrival of the first desktop hard disk drive to break the 2.1 TB limit that has virtually halted the growth of hard disk drive capacity for last 2 years. Although Seagate was the first to ship a 3 TB hard disk drive in an external drive - the Seagate FreeAgent GoFlex Desk, Western Digital would be the first to ship 2.5 and 3 TB internal hard disk drives that anyone can pop into their desktop PCs. However, Western Digital had to rely on a workaround to get the new drives to work with current motherboads, resulting in some limitations...
  FULL STORY @ TECHARP

GeForce GTX 480 and current NVIDIA flagship
     Sun, Jan 30 2011 | 12:00P | Video Cards | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
"At $349 USD dollars, the GTX 570 is designed to offer gamers a more affordable option than that of the GTX 580, yet maintaining a very high level of performance while using maximum settings across even the highest resolutions. According to NVIDIA, the GTX 570 boasts a 25% increase in performance compared to the GTX 470, and better performance than anything AMD currently has on the market."
  FULL STORY @ NEOSEEKER

Patriot Inferno 60GB SSD Review
     Sun, Jan 30 2011 | 9:03A | Hard Drives/SSD | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
Today we take a look at a Sandforce based SSD from Memory giants Patriot. Have the early problems been ironed out?
  FULL STORY @ OVERCLOCK3D

AMD Phenom II X4 975 Black Edition CPU
     Sun, Jan 30 2011 | 9:02A | CPU / Processors | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
The fastest quad-core chip ever released by AMD. Good enough to make you think again about Sandy Bridge?
  FULL STORY @ HEXUS

ASUS Radeon 6870 DirectCU
     Sun, Jan 30 2011 | 9:01A | Video Cards | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
“ASUS is a company known for non-reference graphics card designs, and today's variant is no exception. What's unique about this 6870 DirectCU is that not only does it have a custom cooler, but it comes a factory overclock and voltage tweaking capability to push very high clocks as well, promising some great gaming horsepower with respectable temperatures and power consumption.”
  FULL STORY @ PUREOVERCLOCK

SatisLED SL-FL10 10Watt LED Floodlight
     Sun, Jan 30 2011 | 9:00A | Peripherals | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
"The SatisLED SL-FL10 10 Watt LED Floodlight is an incredibly unique product on the market for 2011. No one I know has ever seen one of these devices and the goal of this review is to introduce you to both the efficiency and numerous mounting possibilities that it offers. I have had a lot of fun adding these lights to my home over the past few months because the low power demand means the cabling cost is minimal."
  FULL STORY @ BAYREVIEWS

 
In-Win IronClad PC Case Review
     Sat, Jan 29 2011 | 4:03P | Cases | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
The IronClad full tower PC Case by In-Win comes highly recommended to all of you looking to get a high quality unit with spacious interior and excellent features without using up your entire salary.
  FULL STORY @ RWLABS

Kingston's HyperX Max USB 3.0 SSD
     Sat, Jan 29 2011 | 4:02P | Memory | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
USB 3.0 is the most sorely needed peripheral interface upgrade in recent memory. Cheap notebook drives can make good use of the extra bandwidth, and solid-state drives are even faster. Today, we're taking a quick look at Kingston's HyperX Max USB 3.0 SSD.
  FULL STORY @ TECHREPORT

Corsair SP2500 2.1 232W Audio Speaker Kit Review
     Sat, Jan 29 2011 | 4:01P | Audio / Sound | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
"When the Corsair SP2500 2.1 PC speaker system showed up in the test lab we hooked it up and were shocked to hear our music. We were able to hear details in the audio that we weren't able to make out on our old speaker system. The satellite speakers on the SP2500 are amazing and the midrange audio is crystal clear. Most audiophiles talk about sound separation and having bass that overpowers vocals and we finally get what they were talking about. The Logitech Z-5300 system that we were running appears to have had greatly exaggerated bass and as a result we were actually missing out on the clarity of our audio tracks..."
  FULL STORY @ LEGITREVIEWS

Intel Core i5 2500K Linux Performance
     Sat, Jan 29 2011 | 4:00P | CPU / Processors | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
"Earlier this month Intel released their first "Sandy Bridge" processors to much excitement. However, for Linux users seeking to utilize the next-generation Intel HD graphics found on these new CPUs, it meant problems. Up to this point we have largely been looking at the graphics side of Sandy Bridge, and while we have yet to publish any results there due to some isolated issues, on the CPU side its Linux experience and performance has been nothing short of incredible. Here are the first Linux benchmarks of the Intel Core i5 2500K processor."
  FULL STORY @ PHORONIX

NVIDIA GeForce GTX 570 1.25GB graphics card
     Sat, Jan 29 2011 | 12:03P | Video Cards | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
"The GeForce GTX 570 doesn't bring anything really new to the table in terms of graphics technology but it does bring performance that was once only available to $430+ options to a new, lower price point of $349. The GTX 570 also runs cooler and quieter than the GTX 480 giving NVIDIA yet another reason to go ahead with this upgrade. If nothing else, NVIDIA's latest iteration in their DX11 series of GPUs continues to pin AMD against the wall and gamers looking for an upgrade in this price range will be pleased with the results. "
  FULL STORY @ PCPER

PNY XLR8 6GB DDR3-1600
     Sat, Jan 29 2011 | 12:02P | Memory | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
“For the user looking to harness the power of triple channel memory but without an extreme price tag, then the PNY XLR8 6GB DDR3-1600 CL8 memory kit looks very promising. Priced at what looks to be the least expensive performance modules at this speed and latency, these XLR8 (read "accelerate") sticks appear to offer some excellent value. But, only if they have the dash for the cash; we know sometimes things are cheap for a reason. So, are these PNY modules a fantastic deal, or just plain cheap? Let's find out.”
  FULL STORY @ PUREOVERCLOCK

MSI 880GMA-E45 motherboard
     Sat, Jan 29 2011 | 12:01P | Motherboards | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
The usability of this motherboard is indisputable and it's bound to satisfy the needs of a large number of home users, including those who are planning an overclock of a few hundred MHz. Therefore, when assembling a modern AMD PC for a reasonable amount of money, make sure you include it into your “top picks” list.
  FULL STORY @ INSIDEHW

Cooler Master Storm Inferno gaming mouse
     Sat, Jan 29 2011 | 12:00P | Mouse Pads | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
Cooler Master has entered the gaming mice market last year, perhaps in a shy way, but definitely unexpectedly. After a very successful debut model, they've decided to stick to the route, and a year later, we've got the successor, named Inferno. At first glance, it seems that all troubles that plagued the first iteration (if any) have been rectified, giving us a seemingly fantastic mouse…
  FULL STORY @ INSIDEHW

Maingear 13.3" Clutch 13 Ultraportable Notebook Review
     Sat, Jan 29 2011 | 9:03A | Notebooks | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
Maingear is a custom PC builder that's been making some noise lately, and for good reason. The competition is intense in this space, with a number of companies (CyberPower, Maingear, Falcon Northwest, Digital Storm, Origin, etc.) elbowing each other in order to grab the hard-earned dollars of those in need of a new machine. Maingear, like the others mentioned here, has done an excellent job staying on the cutting edge, and making sure that their lineup is full of new components just as soon as they hit the market.

Back in October, Maingear revealed two notebooks in a new series: Clutch. Today, we're taking a closer look at the smaller of the two, the 13.3" Clutch 13...

  FULL STORY @ ULTRAPORTABLE

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Seagate FreeAgent GoFlex TV HD Media Player Review
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Beginners Guide: Install/Remove Intel Socket LGA1156 CPU and Heatsink
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Beginners Guides: Repairing a Cracked / Broken Notebook LCD Screen
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A broken or cracked LCD screen makes a laptop utterly useless, good thing PCSTATS can show you how to replace that busted laptop screen with a minimum of fuss and for less money than a service center charges. PCSTATS will be fixing a cracked LCD screen on a Lenovo T530 ThinkPad notebook, the general procedures outlined here work for any notebook though.
Gigabyte GA-X79-UD5 Intel X79 LGA2011 Motherboard In-Depth Review
Gigabyte GA-X79-UD5 Intel X79 LGA2011 Motherboard In-Depth Review
Jul 27 | Motherboards
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The Gigabyte GA-X79-UD5 is an awesome 'Sandy Bridge-E' motherboard for anyone in the business of content creation, yet still nimble enough to take on multi-videocard gaming and overclocking at the end of a days work.
Seagate Constellation ES 1TB Enterprise Hard Drive Review
Seagate Constellation ES 1TB Enterprise Hard Drive Review
May 29 | Hard Drives/SSD
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All Constellation ES drives are rated to 6Gb/s SATA III speeds, incorporate 64MB of cache, utilize 7200RPM spindle speeds and offer Native Command Queing. The drives are covered by an impressive 5 year warranty and rated to1.2 million hours MTBF.
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  50. Making Old Software Compatible with Windows Vista
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  56. Preventing Data Theft from a Stolen Laptop
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