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Synology DS211 NAS Review
     Sat, Jan 22 2011 | 4:00P | Servers | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
"Synology are a strong force within the NAS market. Apart from just a few other names in the business they have an abundance of NAS products that cater for the home user right through to the corporate enterprise. Last year we took a look at the Diskstation DS410 and DS210j and we were very impressed. This time we are to look at a newly released NAS called the DS211. Which is the next product up from the DS210j. The naming system that Synology adopt is quite intuitive - Diskstation (DS) Number of bays (2) Year of production (11). The variable at the end of each of the product range such as + or j symbolise - Performance (+) Entry Level (j). So our unit today has 2 bays, is 2011 model and is from neither performance or entry level range."
  FULL STORY @ VORTEZ

Asus DirectCU & AMD Radeon HD 6850 Graphics Cards
     Sat, Jan 22 2011 | 12:03P | Video Cards | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
The Radeon HD 6850 is AMD's sub US$200 entrant in the discrete graphics card market. We have two on the bench to compare, a reference sample from AMD, and the Asus EA6850 DirectCU, which is overclocked, has an adjustable core voltage, and is cooled using a direct-touch heatpipe heatsink. They turn out to be winners, especially the Asus.
  FULL STORY @ SILENTPCREVIEW

ASUS GeForce GTX 570
     Sat, Jan 22 2011 | 12:02P | Video Cards | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
Today NVIDIA launches their new GeForce GTX 570 graphics card which is based on the new more power efficient Fermi technology that we saw on the GTX 580, too. ASUS' GTX 570 is a full reference design implementation, the only difference is a small clock speed increase of 10 MHz.
  FULL STORY @ TECHPOWERUP

NVIDIA GeForce GTX 570 Video Card Review
     Sat, Jan 22 2011 | 12:01P | Video Cards | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
"When the NVIDIA GeForce GTX 480 graphics card went to store shelves back in April 2010 it had an MSRP of $499 and while it was fast it was criticized for being too hot and power hungry. Here we are eight months later we see the GeForce GTX 480 becoming discontinued and eradicated by the GeForce GTX 570. The GeForce GTX 570 costs 30% less at $349.99 and offers an improved cooling solution and performance that is right around the same as the GeForce GTX 480. Obviously, the GeForce GTX 570 is the better video card as the price is lower, the card runs cooler and the performance is not significantly different. Compared to a GeForce GTX 470 the new GeForce GTX 570 blows that card out of the water as we saw a number of benchmarks where the GTX 570 was more than 30% faster. With a price point and performance at this level the NVIDIA GeForce GTX 570 should be able to do battle with the AMD Radeon HD 6950 and 6970 when those 'Cayman' GPUs are released by AMD next week..."
  FULL STORY @ LEGITREVIEWS

EVGA Geforce GTX 570 SuperClocked DirectX 11 Video Card Review
     Sat, Jan 22 2011 | 12:00P | Video Cards | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
"This release includes the EVGA GeForce GTX 570 Superclocked. The EVGA Geforce GTX 570 Superclocked is going to eat up the market. The GTX 570 SC comes fully loaded with 1280MB of GDDR5. The EVGA factory overclock sets the core speeds to 797 MHz, memory to 3900 MHz(effective), and shader clock to 1594 MHz. There are 480 CUDA cores which matches the GTX 480."
  FULL STORY @ HITECHLEGION

AMD HD 6950 Video Card Review
     Sat, Jan 22 2011 | 9:03A | Video Cards | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
"With the capability to flash to the 6970 BIOS, the HD 6950 packs a punch that makes it excellent value for $300. Even with the stock BIOS, this card competes with the best of them."
  FULL STORY @ OVERCLOCKERS

Panasonic Viera TC-P50GT25
     Sat, Jan 22 2011 | 9:02A | Home Theatre | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
“The Panasonic Viera TC-P50GT25 is a 50-inch plasma 3D HDTV that has excellent 2D and 3D performance, Internet connectivity and good quality THX sound. The color quality and black levels are also among the best we've seen. And it won't break the bank, but it is slightly unattractive looking and doesn't have built-in Wi-Fi.”
  FULL STORY @ ENTERTAINMENT

 
Kingston SSDNow V 100 256GB and SSDNow V+ 100 256GB
     Sat, Jan 22 2011 | 9:01A | Memory | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
Given the performance difference between the Kingston SSDNow V+ 100 and SSDNow V 100 we cannot justify the 19% rise in cost per gigabyte. Looking back at our file copy test the SSDNow V+ 100 was as at best 19% faster than the SSDNow V 100, while we found the margin was more realistically around 5%. However when measuring real-world performance there was virtually no difference in performance between these two drives.
  FULL STORY @ LEGIONHARDWARE

Kingston SSDNow V+180 64GB SSD Review
     Sat, Jan 22 2011 | 9:00A | Hard Drives/SSD | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
Last September we published a budget SSD round-up featuring eight drives priced at or below $150. Kingston's SSDNow V Series was among the models tested, and at just $125 ($1.95 per gigabyte) the 64GB version was an exceptional value. Utilizing Toshiba's TC58NCF618GBT controller, the drive provided surprisingly impressive performance. Kingston has since expanded their SSD range by adding the SSDNow V100 and SSDNow V+100 Series to the mix. They also released a portable 1.8" line called SSDNow V+180 designed for ultra-mobile devices, such as ultra-thin notebooks, netbooks and tablet PCs. Since the SSDNow V+180 Series is a spin-off of the original SSDNow V+ Series, it features the same Toshiba T6UG1XBG controller. As a result, the same sequential read/write throughput of 230MB/s and 180MB/s still applies, and it comes in the same 64GB, 128GB or 256GB capacities. Solid state drives supporting the 1.8" form factor are nothing new and, in fact, many products we've tested have 1.8" alternatives. We don't consider the 1.8" OCZ Vertex 2 a viable option with its asking price of $240 for 60GB, but at around $25 cheaper than the 64GB SSDNow V+180 Series the Onyx certainly is. We will be keeping a close eye on this match up in our review, so read on to see how Kingston stacks up against the competition.
  FULL STORY @ TECHSPOT

HIS Radeon HD 6970 2GB Video Card Overclocked
     Fri, Jan 21 2011 | 6:54P | Video Cards | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
"We've just had a look at the HIS HD 6970 Turbo and I then realized that we hadn't even had a look at the reference HD 6970 2GB from HIS. It's not that we had forgotten about it, but we wanted to give the card the same treatment as the GIGABYTE HD 6950 2GB we have just looked at. Since we had looked at the HD 6970 by itself as well as in Crossfire, the next thing to do was see what happens when we overclock them. With the holidays it seemed that MSI were a little slower than normal when it came to updating Afterburner with voltage support, so unfortunately we're looking at the HIS HD 6970 in this regard a little later than we would normally."
  FULL STORY @ TWEAKTOWN

Galaxy GeForce GTX 460 WHDI
     Fri, Jan 21 2011 | 6:53P | Video Cards | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
"The Galaxy GeForce GTX 460 WHDI graphics card is a truly unique offering that brings uncompressed wireless video your current configuration with an impressive set of features. Using this Galaxy card and the included receiver you can wirelessly connect your PC to an HDTV or even just a standard monitor in another room of your house and still get the same image quality (and sound quality) you would get with the two being directly connected via HDMI or DVI. While 3D gaming and 3D Blu-ray aren't supported yet, the quality of the WHDI technology impressed me while playing games at 1920x1080 and watching Blu-ray at the full 1080p resolution."
  FULL STORY @ PCPER

Antec TruePower Quattro 1200W Power Supply Review
     Fri, Jan 21 2011 | 6:53P | Power Supply | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
Aside the massive power output the TruePower Quattro 1200W by Antec also offers excellent electrical performance, unique racing style design, very high quality components, good thermal performance and all that for a very attractive price tag.
  FULL STORY @ RWLABS

Microsoft Windows 7 Service Pack 1
     Fri, Jan 21 2011 | 6:53P | Operating System | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
As successful as Windows 7 has been, everyone has been wondering when Microsoft will release Service Pack 1 for Windows 7. In fact, when Microsoft intends to release Windows 7 Service Pack 1 is of great interest to many corporations which make it a point to migrate to a new Microsoft operating system only after the first service pack is issued. So when do you expect Service Pack 1 for Windows 7 to be released? We aren't very sure ourselves, but let's see what our source says... In this revision, we added details of the 64-bit version of Service Pack 1, as well as clarified the estimated date of release to web. Take a look at the updates!
  FULL STORY @ TECHARP

Core i7-2600K CPU Review
     Fri, Jan 21 2011 | 6:52P | CPU / Processors | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
"Intel launched this month their new CPUs based on the "Sandy Bridge" architecture. Let's check the performance of the new Core i7-2600K (3.4 GHz) and compare it to the CPU it came to replace, the Core i7-875K (2.93 GHz), and to the most expensive CPU from AMD, the Phenom II X6 1100T (3.3 GHz)."
  FULL STORY @ HARDWARESECRETS

Gigabyte GA-P67A-UD3 and GA-PH67A-UD3
     Fri, Jan 21 2011 | 5:50P | Motherboards | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
It makes perfect sense to choose lower-end mainboards for the first benchmarks: these products will be very popular. Moreover, each mainboard is unique in its own way and differs from the regular Intel P67 Express and H67 Express based products, which makes them especially interesting.
  FULL STORY @ XBITLABS

Energy-Efficient Sandy Bridge: Intel Core i5-2400S CPU Review
     Fri, Jan 21 2011 | 5:49P | CPU / Processors | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
The desktop Sandy Bridge lineup includes a few processors with low TDP. We took one of these products and tried to estimate how appealing it might be for those who build quiet compact computer systems.
  FULL STORY @ XBITLABS

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