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Silverstone Raven 2 Evolution (RV02-E) ATX Case Review
     Tue, Feb 08 2011 | 12:02P | Cases | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
Released in late 2008, the original Silverstone Raven RV01 quickly caught my attention because of its strange orientation that pointed the motherboard upward at a 90-degree angle, so the "rear" I/O panel was placed on top of the enclosure instead of behind. Indeed, the RV01 was quite unique but it didn't execute the design as well as it could have, among the most common complaints: PSU placement and massive size. Silverstone was thus forced to be more creative with their next-generation Raven. The Raven 2 Evolution has a more efficient design, it is 24% skinner and 18% shorter than the RV01. The smaller dimensions have also allowed Silverstone to shed 17% of the overall weight. The new changes make for a very interesting computer case that maintains the unorthodox orientation, let's dive in for a closer look...
  FULL STORY @ TECHSPOT

Sapphire Radeon HD 6950 2GB Unlocked to HD 6970
     Tue, Feb 08 2011 | 12:01P | Video Cards | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
"Just recently we were given some exciting news. We found out that it was possible to flash the HD 6950 with a HD 6970 BIOS and in turn make your $299 HD 6950 a $369 HD 6970, and really we don't have to tell you how cool that would be. So we grabbed our closest HD 6950 to us which was a Sapphire and proceeded to flash it with a Sapphire HD 6970 BIOS. Thanks to our friends at TechPowerUp, we used WINFLASH, a Windows based program that gives you the ability to flash and save the BIOS of supported video cards."
  FULL STORY @ TWEAKTOWN

NEC 23 Inch MultiSync EX231W Review
     Tue, Feb 08 2011 | 12:00P | Monitors | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
The NEC EX231W-BK is compact at only 14.6mm and weights under 10 lbs with the base attached. With such a slim design the NEC EX231W-BK looks great on the desk but makes no compromises when it comes to providing adjustable features like tilt, pivot, swivel and height adjustment.
  FULL STORY @ OVERCLOCKERSONLINE

Lenovo's exciting IdeaPad U1
     Tue, Feb 08 2011 | 9:03A | Notebooks | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
This afternoon's preview show event at CES2010 was deluged with journalists surging from one overcrowded display to another. One of the hottest tables was where Lenovo was showing a sample of its IdeaPad U1, an Intel driven Windows 7 mini-laptop with nicely curved corners whose screen detaches effortlessly into an Android-based iPad look-alike. Full details will be released tomorrow, and company reps could only provide pricing in China, where it is set at 3500CNY (US$530) for the tablet alone, and ~8000CNY(US$1200) for the combo. An earlier version was shown at CES 2010, with the tablet running Linux when undocked. The new version looks slick, fully functional, and could be a real crowd pleaser for those who want both a tablet and a notebook.
  FULL STORY @ SILENTPCREVIEW

ASUS Eee Slate video demo from CES 2011
     Tue, Feb 08 2011 | 9:02A | Tradeshows / Events | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
That tablets would pop up all over CES 2011 like daisies in the spring was no surprise to anyone aware of the iPad. The tablet market is expected to reach 50 million units this year, and virtually every major electronics/computer brand has at least one to vye for a piece of the pie. Industry giant Asus has three and possibly the most compelling of them for the "serious" computer user who wants one is the Eee Slate EP121-1A010M 12.1-Inch Tablet PC. As of yesterday, it was the most highly viewed computer accessory product in Amazon's catalog over the past few days. Read more to view our demo video of the Asus Eee Slate from CES.
  FULL STORY @ SILENTPCREVIEW

Sandy Bridge, Part 1: Intel GMA HD 3000/2000 Graphics
     Tue, Feb 08 2011 | 9:01A | Chipset | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
In our first piece on Sandy Bridge aka LGA1155, we examine Intel's new high-end integrated graphics chip (if there is such a thing), GMA HD 3000. It has inherent advantages from residing on the same die as the CPU, and it also has a clever dynamic clock generator
  FULL STORY @ SILENTPCREVIEW

Sandy Bridge, Part 2: Intel DH67BL & Asus P8H67-M EVO H67 Motherboards
     Tue, Feb 08 2011 | 9:00A | Motherboards | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
The second portion of our Sandy Bridge examination focuses on the budget H67 chipset which enables use of the Sand Bridge CPU's internal HD 2000/3000 graphics, and more specifically, the Intel DH67BL and Asus P8H67-M EVO motherboards. http://www.silentpcreview.com/Intel_DH67BL_Asus_P8H67-M_EVO_H67_Motherboards
  FULL STORY @ SILENTPCREVIEW

 
Sentey GS-6000 Optimus Mid-Tower ATX Chassis Review
     Tue, Feb 08 2011 | 1:06A | Cases | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
Futurelooks checks out a new case from a relatively new company ... *Sentey GS-6000 Optimus Mid-Tower ATX Chassis Review* I know most of you have not heard of Sentey before, as I had not either. They are very new to the computer enthusiast world being just founded in 2010. They were first introduced to gamers via The Extreme Experience, an event they jointly hosted with Intel. Sentey philosophy for each of their products is a focus on performance, quality, innovation, and sustainability. Their approach to establishing themselves is by providing a number of products in several markets. Today we will be looking at their GS-6000 Optimus computer case in the entry level market. * * *"
  FULL STORY @ FUTURELOOKS.COM

Phenom II X4 840 CPU Review
     Mon, Feb 07 2011 | 4:18P | CPU / Processors | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
"The new Phenom II X4 840 (3.2 GHz), is a very affordable quad-core CPU. If fact, it is the best CPU on the USD 100 price range. Let's see why."
  FULL STORY @ PHENOM

3RSystem T.Rex L-1100 Cool Case
     Mon, Feb 07 2011 | 4:16P | Cases | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
"Our first introduction to 3RSystems here at DreamWare Computers was our review of their iCEAGE 120 Prima Boss 2 HQ CPUcooler a few months back. This ended up being a great cooler - not only did it have exceptional heat dissipation capabilities, but also was silent in doing its job. Looking to succeed in the same way with their cases, today we will be featuring 3RSystem's T.Rex L-1100 Cool case. Will we have the same surprise we did as with the cooler, or will there be disappointment after seeing such a good product from them before? Read on to find out."
  FULL STORY @ DREAMWARECOMPUTERS

P8P67 Deluxe is a LGA1155 Socket motherboard
     Mon, Feb 07 2011 | 4:03P | Motherboards | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
ASUS comes from the last four letters of the word Pegasus. A mythical winged horse that they have chosen for their company name; it represents Strength, Creative Spirit and Purity. Flying Horse Experience is not something you will find in droves here at TechREACTION, but rigorous testing and evaluation of manufacturers PC related products is. Strength is definitely an attribute ASUS brings to the table, being the largest motherboard manufacturer in the world. Creative Spirit is epitomized both by being early to market with new exciting technologies as well as the aesthetics that they put into their product designs. Purity is exemplified by the total package experience. Products that go above and beyond what one expects, and a knowledgeable staff to help get you working and playing beyond your expectations. The P8P67 Deluxe is a LGA1155 Socket motherboard supporting Crossfire and SLI in a x8/x8 configuration, or a single GPU with up to 16 Lanes of PCIE 2.0 bandwidth at its disposal. 16+2 phase power supplies more than enough clean power to the CPU to max out the capabilities of the Sandy Bridge architecture, and 4 additional phases will handle the DRAM slots for pushing modern 2000+ MHz DDR3. The board features a UEFI BIOS, Bluetooth, Power Over E-SATA, and an Intel Network IC. Two integrated USB 3.0 ports with 2 more added through the included front panel expansion device, and 4 SATA 3 (6 Gbps) ports provided by the PCH and Marvell controller.
  FULL STORY @ TECHREACTION

QNAP TS-419P+ Turbo NAS Review
     Mon, Feb 07 2011 | 4:02P | Servers | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
In just over a year we’ve gone from the QNAP TS-419 to the QNAP TS-419P+ with a TS-419P in the middle. The performance of each device has gradually improved. The QNAP TS-419U which I previously reviewed was aimed at the corporate market as it came in a rackmount design. However, the QNAP TS-419P+ is most definitely targeted at the home market. It doesn’t quite pack the same punch as the small business and corporate devices with their Intel ATOM processors, 1GB RAM and 512MB flash memory but it has all the same software features to give it that extra edge over the competition. The icing on top of the cake would be the support offered by QNAP. The forums and Wiki guide gives you more knowledge than you ever need. If you have a problem, there’s an answer.
  FULL STORY @ OVERCLOCKERSONLINE

ASUS GeForce GTX 580 DirectCU II vs Gainward GeForce GTX 580 Phantom3
     Mon, Feb 07 2011 | 4:01P | Video Cards | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
"Over the past couple of weeks, while the GTX 560 Ti was being released, a number of manufacturers released enhanced GTX 580s which were designed to offer desirable alternatives to the reference model. Some have enhanced coolers or redesigned PCB's. Others use higher quality components and have factory overclocks to appeal to enthusiasts. Today on our test bench we have two of the most impressive looking models to compare, Gainward's 3GB GTX 580 Phantom3 and the massive Asus GTX 580 DirectCU 2. We will be comparing these cards to the reference 580 and an overclocked 6970 to find out how good they actually are. Tests will include real world gaming, 3DMark 11, media playback, and GPU computing. Then, for the first time on Hardware Heaven, all gaming tests will include stereoscopic 3D testing."
  FULL STORY @ HARDWAREHEAVEN

Intel Celeron Dual-Core E1400 CPU
     Mon, Feb 07 2011 | 4:00P | CPU / Processors | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
"Scrapping the bottom of Intel’s processor line, we discover the E1400 2.0Ghz Dual Core product. Looking at the E1400 specifications can be quite confusing since it seems that the dual cores all you really need to run Windows 7 Ultimate x64. Keep reading to find out more..."
  FULL STORY @ BAYREVIEWS

Crash Recovery & The Blue Screen of Death
     Mon, Feb 07 2011 | 3:23P | Beginners Guides | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
If you've ever used Windows, chances are you've experienced the lovely shade of blue associated with the famous Windows Stop Error or 'Blue Screen of Death.' This frequent, although less so in newer operating systems, error occurs whenever Windows senses a software, hardware or driver error which will not allow it to continue operating properly. In other words, it happens all the time, for all sorts of reasons.

Often, if you're lucky, the problem will resolve itself with a simple reboot and you may never have to worry about it again. More typically though, the BSOD is a harbinger of trouble and you may find yourself faced with another and another until you throw up your hands... but all is not lost.

In this article PCSTATS will walk you through the BSOD in many of its most familiar incarnations.

  FULL STORY @ PCSTATS

CHiL digital controllers highlighted in newly launched Sandy Bridge-based perfor
     Mon, Feb 07 2011 | 12:07P | Motherboards | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF

www.pcstats.comCHiL Semiconductor Corporation, a leading developer of high-performance, mixed-signal power management integrated circuits for the server, personal computer and high-volume computing market segments, announces that its digital controllers are highlighted in motherboards containing Intel’s newly launched P67 “Sandy Bridge”-based performance motherboards from Asus, Intel and ASRock. 

The new motherboards reflect the CPU voltage regulator’s (VR’s) key role in both performance and energy savings. The customized power solution showcases performance in overclocking, stability, and features, while at the same time providing exceptional power efficiency. CHiL’s well proven digital power management is at the core of the power solution.

The CHiL VR solutions are found in ASUS high end motherboards, overclocking gaming motherboards, and workstations like the Maximus 4 Extreme and the P8P67. They are also in Intel motherboards like the Intel DP67BG (Burrage) Extreme Series, manufactured by Mitac and the BA 3+0, manufactured by Pegatron, as well as ASRock’s high end motherboards, P67 Extreme 4 and P67 Extreme 6.

Voltage regulator modules are considered among the most essential motherboard design components. According to ASUS, the use of the new digital power design empowers users with superior flexibility and perfect precision to ensure optimized performance, extreme system stability and greater power efficiency.

Anandtech, a leading industry source for hardware analysis and news, notes that these new motherboards have lower power consumption than virtually any other available platform under load.

“The introduction of Intel’s Sandy Bridge processor family brings brand new power requirements to the VR industry,” said CHiL chief executive officer Ram Sudireddy. “These requirements, known as VR12, implement a new, highly digital communication SVID bus between the CPU and the VR in order to optimize efficiency and performance. Implementing this highly digital content means that an all-digital VR solution is definitely the best choice.”

The CHiL VR is extremely efficient, which is of greater concern than ever in the marketplace. When high power use is not needed, many of the phases can be turned off. Unlike analog solutions, which have difficulty maintaining a stable voltage with some or most of the phases disabled, the new digital VR ensures that under any voltage and current, with any version of the Sandy Bridge CPU, the optimum number of phases is chosen, while the voltage is always guaranteed to be stable. At very low power levels, the VR’s digital algorithm automatically senses that power is low and places the VR into a very low power state, called discontinuous mode, which saves even more power, so the user saves power in idle state as well.

The system’s telemetry reports back all critical information to the system with extremely high accuracy, including voltage, current, power and temperature.  The VR can change switching frequency on the fly, to reduce system noise and help with efficiency. When the voltage is changed significantly, or the current increased significantly in an overclocking board, the digital solution’s stability parameters can simply be changed, something impossible with an analog solution.

The CHiL VR also features new circuit protection features. As the voltage changes in overclocking, or as the current increases, overcurrent protection and voltage protection set points can be updated in real time, ensuring the circuit is always protected.

With the P67 family of processors comes a new way to achieve overclocking. The VR solution extends the Sandy Bridge voltage range to reach higher voltage levels with extreme accuracy, stability and voltage and current protection, all managed by CHiL’s digital engine. The VR also allows the motherboard to remain in turbo-mode safely, protecting the CPU with exceptional thermal performance, allowing a much richer, but safe overclocking experience. 

The all-digital VR is also extremely reliable. Analysis using Mil-HDBK-217F, a military quality technique for determining reliability, showed that the digital VR is two times less likely to fail than an analog solution, primarily because the digital solution uses far fewer external components and pins than an analog solution.

The new CHiL VR has a uniquely engineered spread spectrum technique, where the VR switching frequency is changed as it operates, reducing board level noise, ensuring safe, low noise operation.

Besides saving energy, the CHiL VR uses fewer external components and comes in a smaller, fully RoHS-compliant package, thus reducing the number of electronic parts that may someday require disposal in a landfill.

  FULL STORY @ CHIL SEMICONDUCTOR

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