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Deepcool Ice Matrix 400 Review
     Fri, Feb 25 2011 | 1:27P | Cooling / Heatsinks | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
When looking at the entire picture, Deepcool’s Ice Matrix 400 is a spectacularly assembled piece of equipment. Combining four heat pipes with a simple 120mm fan, the heat sink does well at keeping the CPU at acceptable operating temperatures.
  FULL STORY @ OVERCLOCKERSONLINE

Nvidia to unveil dual-GPU GeForce GTX 590 in mid-March
     Fri, Feb 25 2011 | 1:12P | Video Cards | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
Nvidia is expected to unveil its dual-GPU GeForce GTX 590 graphics card in mid-March 2011 at the earliest and AMD will release its Radeon HD 6990 a month later. Competition between the two graphics chip makers will benefit Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company (TSMC), according to sources from graphics card makers.
  FULL STORY @ DIGITIMES

First-tier motherboard makers to begin shipping boards with fixed Intel chipsets
     Fri, Feb 25 2011 | 1:11P | Motherboards | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
"Asustek Computer, Gigabyte Technology, Micro-Star International (MSI), Elitegroup Computer Systems (ECS) and ASRock have all received small-volume shipments of fixed 6-series chipsets from Intel and will begin delivery of new P67, H67 and H61-based motherboards soon.

Shipments of 6-series-based motherboards will resume to 50% of their normal volumes by mid-March and reach full shipments by mid-April, according to industry sources.

Asustek, Gigabyte and MSI have all announced measures, including replacement of motherboards, to solve related problems caused by the defective chips.

ASRock said that it will extend the guarantee period from the current three, to four years for clients who carry out a replacement before June 30, 2011. New motherboards with fixed chipsets will be labeled with "B3" on their packaging and also on the motherboards."

  FULL STORY @ DIGITIMES

AMD Phenom II X4 975BE and 840 CPU Reviews
     Fri, Feb 25 2011 | 12:01P | CPU / Processors | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
"AMD has just released their latest quad-core speed-bump in order to give consumers the option for a little more bang and a little more buck. With the release of the AMD Phenom II X4 975 'Black Edition' processor, AMD has added a new king to their Phenom II X4 quad-core product line. The previous leader in this category was the Phenom II X4 970 at 3.5GHz and 125W TDP. The 975 adds 100MHz for a total of 3.6GHz. This clock speed not only marks the highest quad core, but the highest base factory clock chip in all of AMD's desktop processor lines. With a price-point of $195, AMD also maintains their sub-$200 barrier in their quad-core processors..."
  FULL STORY @ LEGITREVIEWS

MUKii TransImp USB 3.0 Hub
     Fri, Feb 25 2011 | 12:00P | Memory | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
“As USB 3.0 peripherals become increasingly popular, MUKii has launched the TransImp Series-USB3.0 Super Speed hub. Designed with a sleek and compact look, it features 4 Super Speed USB 3.0 ports and its light-weight size allows you to take it with you. Need more USB 3.0 ports? Might this be for you? Let’s take a closer look at this MUKii USB 3.0 hub and see what it offers to consumers.”
  FULL STORY @ PUREOVERCLOCK

Logitech HD Webcam C270 & Wireless Mouse M305 Review
     Fri, Feb 25 2011 | 9:03A | Mouse Pads | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
If your other half is really into computers then these special editions of the HD Webcam C270 and the Wireless Mouse M305 made by Logitech may just be the right gift for St. Valentine’s Day, just don't neglect to pair them with a box of chocolates.
  FULL STORY @ RWLABS

Gainward GeForce GTX 560 Ti Golden/Good Sample Review
     Fri, Feb 25 2011 | 9:02A | Video Cards | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
The factory overclocked GeForce GTX 560 Ti Golden/Good Sample by Gainward combines the best price/performance ratio currently in the market along with support for DirectX 11, CUDA, 3D Vision and PhysX resulting in the most complete package in that price range.
  FULL STORY @ RWLABS

 
Logitech Flight System G940 Review
     Fri, Feb 25 2011 | 9:01A | Games | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
The G940 Flight System by Logitech is a state of the art, high quality flight simulation controller that comes complete with a force feedback flight stick, dual throttle quadrant and rudder/brake pedals.
  FULL STORY @ RWLABS

CPU Performance Comparison Guide Rev. 4.3
     Fri, Feb 25 2011 | 9:00A | CPU / Processors | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
This article compiles the best benchmark results we collected of various CPU models using x264 HD Benchmark 3.0, a free CPU benchmark developed by graysky, Dashken and Adrian Wong. This CPU performance comparison guide currently covers 275 different CPU models but this is just the beginning. We will keep updating the results as new results come in, so please contribute your results. If you would like to participate in this endeavor, head over to the x264 HD Benchmark 3.0 page and download a copy. After you obtain your benchmark results, simply post them in the official forum thread of x264 HD Benchmark 3.0. Please post your results even if your processor is already listed in the comparison. This is because we will use your results if they are better than the results currently listed in the comparison.
  FULL STORY @ TECHARP

QNAP TS-659 Pro+ Turbo NAS Server
     Thu, Feb 24 2011 | 4:03P | Networking | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
"To think of a NAS server as a business only product these days is ignorant. With everything digital now playing a larger role in our lives, most families can easily benefit from a full on NAS server. Connectivity is the key and you simply can't get this level of connectivity from a home server without a large amount of time consuming customization. Tine also plays a role in our digital lives; no one has enough of it and when something is in low supply a dollar figure can be assigned to it. As the supply dwindles the figure is increased. These days I would pay for time, even if charged by the minute. My personal NAS server saves me time and thus is an investment that can be recovered. I hope you are in a position to consider your time valuable as well. Today we are looking at the latest generation NAS server from QNAP. The new TS-659 Pro+ ships standard with many hardware improvements over the non-plus models. The first is a new Intel dual core Atom processor and memory configuration. Let's dive right into the hardware specs and I will get you up to speed."
  FULL STORY @ TWEAKTOWN

AMD Phenom II X4 975 BE and Phenom II X4 840 (Socket AM3) CPUs
     Thu, Feb 24 2011 | 4:02P | CPU / Processors | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
"There really is nothing "new" to talk about here. Well ok - there is the fact that both of these got a slight speed increase over what is currently available in their lines. The 975 BE gets pushed to 3.6GHz while the 840 gets a bump to 3.2. Overall, not a bad increase, but we do want to see if this is all marketing or if it really means better performance for the consumer. Overclocking the Phenom II X4 975 BE was not all that hard. We simply tweaked the multiplier and also adjusted the core frequency a little bit (along with a small voltage bump) and we were off. The problem comes from the relatively low overclocks we are still getting."
  FULL STORY @ TWEAKTOWN

Gainward GeForce GTX 570 1280MB
     Thu, Feb 24 2011 | 4:01P | Video Cards | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
"Today we shall review a high-end graphics card from Gainward famous for its "Golden Sample" series among other things. The today's solution has a custom cooler and is factory-overclocked."
  FULL STORY @ IXBTLABS

MSI P67A-GD65 Motherboard
     Thu, Feb 24 2011 | 4:00P | Motherboards | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
"MSI P67A-GD65 is an interesting motherboard that implements chipset features well and offers decent peripherals and proprietory technologies. The board has an adequately simple cooling system, high-quality and compact CPU VRM, convenient utilities."
  FULL STORY @ MAINBOARD

Intel Thunderbolt High Speed I/O
     Thu, Feb 24 2011 | 3:15P | Chipset | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
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"Technically, Thunderbolt is pretty interesting as both data and display signals will transfer over the same cable with arbitration from the controller chip. It is a bi-directional communication that actually provides 10 Gbps of bandwidth PER PORT. It remains backwards compatible with existing DisplayPort displays, but since those devices likely do NOT have female mini-DisplayPort connections on them, they will not facilitate the daisy-chaining required for connecting multiple devices to a single Thunderbolt connection. Unlike what some people worried, Thunderbolt will carry some amount of power over cable, though how much hasn't really been specified yet. Thunderbolt can work on both data streams at the same time and in both directions and it seems to get the full 10 Gbps of rated bandwidth, in each direction. This is what gives the technology the advantage over the USB 3.0 of today. "

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  FULL STORY @ PCPER

ASUS B@-12B1LT Blu-ray Writer
     Thu, Feb 24 2011 | 12:03P | Optical Drives | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
“The ASUS BW-12B1LT is an internal powerful Blu-ray ReWrite drive capable writing BD-R media at 12X and reading BD media at up to 8X speed. In this review we will demonstrate the performance of the BW-12B1LT by putting the drive through many tests on a considerable amount of various CD/DVD/BD media. Is this “drive” for you? Keep reading and let’s find out.”
  FULL STORY @ PUREOVERCLOCK

OCZ Platinum XTE 4GB DDR3-2000
     Thu, Feb 24 2011 | 12:02P | Memory | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
“OCZ is typically known for producing rock solid memory kits at very attractive prices. And while we can understand the rationale behind OCZ's decision to leave the memory market in the near future, we'll be sorry to see them go. So there's a good chance these OCZ Platinum 4GB XTE DDR3-2000 modules might be one of the last of their kind in a long line of successful sticks from OCZ.”
  FULL STORY @ PUREOVERCLOCK

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