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OCZ Vertex 3 240GB Max IOPS Edition SSD Review
     Sun, Jul 03 2011 | 9:02A | Hard Drives/SSD | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
"We've done quite a few SSD reviews this year and frankly, some of the drives we test seem like carbon copies of the one before save for different branding. Performance tends to be relatively equal, at least within the standard deviation of the benchmarks used and it's rare for a drive to really stand out. The Vertex 3 MI is one of those rare drives that, in a sea of virtual SSD homogeny, distinguishes itself with all around performance perceptively better than any other single SATA III interfaced drive we've tested to date - except maybe the..."
  FULL STORY @ LEGITREVIEWS

Steelseries Switch Gaming Keyboard
     Sun, Jul 03 2011 | 9:01A | Games | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
The Steelseries Shift almost gave us a headache (in a good way), simply because of the vast options and customizations available with it. The interchangeable keysets really put this board in a class of its own. Having the macros keep track of time delays between keystrokes is another great feature built into the software for the Shift. The software was very user friendly and easy to navigate. The ergonomic wrist pad and the three levels of height adjustment should make using it comfortable for hours.
  FULL STORY @ TECHREACTION

Be Quiet! Straight Power E8 400 W
     Sun, Jul 03 2011 | 9:00A | Power Supply | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
Be Quiet's Straight Power E8 400W is a non-modular power supply coming at a very aggressive price point. According to the manufacturer it boasts an impressive 89% efficiency, also the unit is very quiet - no surprise, given the company name.
  FULL STORY @ STRAIGHTPOWER

News: Thermaltakes BlacX 5G USB 3.0 docking station
     Sat, Jul 02 2011 | 10:28P | Peripherals | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
External docking stations are a great way to quickly swap hard drives into a system. Gather round to see if we made a connection with Thermaltake`s SuperSpeed-equipped BlacX 5G."
  FULL STORY @ TECHREPORT.COM

Apple Mac OS X Lion: A Preview of What's to Come
     Sat, Jul 02 2011 | 4:03P | Computer / SFF PCs | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
Steve Jobs revealed few details about Mac OS X 10.7 Lion at the "Back to the Mac" gathering on Apple's Cupertino campus late last year. But most recently the company began seeding a preview of the operating system to its developer program members, giving us a chance to see where OS X is headed before it becomes available to the general public this summer. Between the iOS-like features we saw back in October and what we are seeing now, it's clear Apple has drawn a lot of inspiration from its popular iPhone and iPad devices, making significant changes to OS X and adding features that are focused on simplifying the overall experience for both new and longtime Mac users. Considering that OS X's last major release, Snow Leopard, was not focused on new end-user features, Mac OS X Lion appears to be a more significant release in terms of functionality, user interface and workflow improvements. We've compiled a list with several of the changes and new features disclosed so far. Read on for a quick tour of what's new.
  FULL STORY @ TECHSPOT

QNAP TS-412 Turbo NAS Review
     Sat, Jul 02 2011 | 4:02P | Networking | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
In recent years, QNAP has emerged as one of the biggest names in the network-attached storage business and for good reason: it offers one of the largest and most impressive NAS product lines. The company's offerings start at $150 and can go for more than $1,000 catering to home, SMB and corporate needs. As one of QNAP's most affordable 4-bay NAS, we were unsurprisingly drawn to the TS-412. The device is fetching only $40 more than the older TS-410, but considering its Marvell processor runs 50% faster (800MHz versus 1.2GHz), we feel the TS-412 is a better value, and so we've opted to review it instead. We also believe the QNAP TS-412 could displace Synology's $360 DS411J. Although the Synology device features the same 1.2GHz Marvell processor, it comes equipped with 128MB of memory, the TS-412 doubles that to 256MB -- not to mention other shortcomings that we'll explain later in the review. We're also curious about how it compares to NAS devices in the $500-$600 bracket. Assuming QNAP's latest product doesn't disappoint -- and they rarely do -- the TS-412 has a fair chance at becoming the "go-to" 4-bay NAS.
  FULL STORY @ TECHSPOT

Tablets of 2011: What to Look For - June Update
     Sat, Jul 02 2011 | 4:01P | Mobile Devices | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
Last year promised to be the year of the tablet, and at least for Apple, it was. The nearly ubiquitous iPad managed not only to outsell every other tablet on the market by a wide margin, it also exceeded Mac sales in Q4 with a record 7.33 million units moved. Apple is not likely to lose its throne anytime soon, but competition is now making itself present from every possible angle. If Android's smartphone gains serve any indication this should be an interesting year for tablets. Companies such as Asus and Samsung are coming on strong with their first Android "Honeycomb" tablets, while Research In Motion isn't doing too well with the PlayBook. It remains to be seen if HP suffers the same fate or if its Palm acquisition pays off when it launches the TouchPad, the first webOS-based tablet, on July 1st. We've compiled a comparative table with what we consider are the hottest tablets either currently available or announced so far. With more than a dozen options already available in the market, this will definitely serve as a starting point for narrowing down your purchase.
  FULL STORY @ TECHSPOT

 
Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 Review
     Sat, Jul 02 2011 | 4:00P | Mobile Devices | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
The Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1, in its current form, was born out of a response to Apple's sleek and thin iPad 2 tablet. The original Galaxy Tab 10.1, which hadn't reached market yet, just couldn't compete, so Samsung went back the drawing board and turned out this beauty of a tablet in record time. And this one can compete. The Galaxy Tab 10.1 features a large, wide-screen display that looks sharp and bright, and it rests inside a body that is incredibly thin and light. This 10-inch tablet weighs less than a number of smaller tablets on the market, yet it still packs a dual-core 1GHz processor and the latest version of Android 3.1 Honeycomb. There still aren't very many tablet-specific Android apps, and those that exist are not that easy to find in the Android Market, but the Galaxy Tab 10.1 is still a desirable piece of kit.
  FULL STORY @ TECHSPOT

Mushkin Enhanced Joule 700 Watt Power Supply Review
     Sat, Jul 02 2011 | 12:02P | Power Supply | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
"This time around we have another power supply from Mushkin ready to go through our load tests. Last month we took a look at the Mushkin Enhanced Joule 800W power supply. Now we have the Joule 700W on the bench for testing. Being that the unit is from the same series and manufacturer, you would expect almost identical builds and results. Right off the delivery truck we could tell a big difference in design between the 700W and 800W models. It was quite apparent that the Joule 700W didn't have nearly as extensive cooling on the inside. We also noticed that while the 800W model holds an 80Plus Silver rating, the smaller 700W model only manages to hold an 80Plus Bronze rating."
  FULL STORY @ TWEAKTOWN

Disabling Windows Pagefile & Hibernation to Reclaim SSD Space
     Sat, Jul 02 2011 | 12:01P | Hard Drives/SSD | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
With the storage space offered on traditional HDDs, SSDs can leave a bit to be desired. Making matters worse are the Windows hibernation mode and pagefile, responsible for hogging at least 8GB (22GB in my case) of your precious SSD space. We're taking a look at the caveats of disabling both, and discuss the fixes.
  FULL STORY @ TECHGAGE

Radeon HD 2900
     Sat, Jul 02 2011 | 12:00P | Video Cards | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
"This is a big deal for AMD. While they have had trouble keeping up with Intel on the CPU side, we can see that they have had no problems staying ahead with graphics. Their push towards heterogeneous computing is also shared with NVIDIA, and their combined efforts towards utilizing this functionality will benefit both in the long run. Intel is still more CPU-centric, but we are starting to see them taking a larger interest in this technology. The cancelled Larabee project may have been misguided in terms of addressing the gaming and graphics market, but the parallel computing ramifications of this part and its extreme programmability hint at things to come."
  FULL STORY @ OVERVIEW

Thermaltake's Element Q mini-ITX/HTPC case.
     Sat, Jul 02 2011 | 9:03A | Cases | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
The Element Q is certainly a case built for small places. The ITX premise does bring into account of a lot of issues that need solving, mainly where do you install everything. Thermaltake did an excellent job at making the Element Q easy to work with and easy to install everything we needed. Installation was quick for this system, mostly because of the limitations on what hardware could be used. The included power supply was a nice touch, so you will not have to worry about finding one that will fit the way the case intended it to fit.
  FULL STORY @ THERMALTAKE

Sapphire Radeon HD 6670 Ultimate Video Card
     Sat, Jul 02 2011 | 9:02A | Video Cards | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
The HD Radeon 6670 Ultimate has all the specs a mid-range gamer wants and all the ports a media enthusiast wants. HDMI, DVI-d, and DP with passive cooling. Let's see how this card fares in our review.
  FULL STORY @ TECHWARELABS

Cooler Master HAF 932 Advanced Review
     Sat, Jul 02 2011 | 9:01A | Cases | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
As you may all well know, Cooler Master made a case back in 2008 called HAF 932, well this is not it. This is the new HAF 932 Advanced released this year. This new enclosure is the upgraded version of the HAF 932. The 932 was such a good case Cooler Master felt that they couldn’t just discontinue it, so they have made it more advance with the new USB 3.0 design feature plus, the Advanced also features its sturdy sentinel housing and revolutionary High Air Flow structure to enhance and can protect any hardware component that is worthy of the highest performance.”
  FULL STORY @ HARDWARELOOK

Toshiba BDX5200
     Sat, Jul 02 2011 | 9:00A | Home Theatre | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
“On paper, the Toshiba BDX5200 is a full-featured, bargain-priced Blu-ray player that would make a nice addition to most home theater systems. Between its price, features, and performance make it stand out as the best choice on the market today available for less than $200.”
  FULL STORY @ TECHREVIEWSOURCE

DiRT 3 GPU & CPU Performance Test
     Fri, Jul 01 2011 | 4:03P | Video Cards | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
As one of the first games to take advantage of DirectX 11, we've been using Dirt 2 to benchmark graphics cards since its arrival in late 2009. Although it's been a crucial part of our testbed, Dirt 2 isn't quite as taxing as it was when the first DX11 cards arrived. With Crysis 2 dissapointingly restricted to DX9 and few other knee-buckling games on the immediate horizon, we've been eagerly awaiting the next iteration of Codemaster's racing series. The company answered our prayers last week, launching Dirt 3 for the PC, Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3. Developed with the latest (v2.0) EGO game engine, Dirt 3 is a spectacular looking racing game with some surprisingly high, but also incredibly vague recommended system requirements. Codemasters recommends that you play with an AMD Phenom II or Intel Core i7 processor and an AMD Radeon HD 6000 series graphics card, but fails to mention specific models or anything at all from Nvidia. Meanwhile, the minimum requirements say you can scrape by with a paltry Athlon 64/Pentium D and HD 2000/GeForce 8000 class graphics. While it's nice that gamers with five year-old machines can play Dirt 3, we're more interested in knowing what it takes to experience the game with all its visual splendor. As usual we've compiled the performance of over 20 graphics cards, all DX11 capable, at several different resolutions.
  FULL STORY @ TECHSPOT

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Beginners Guide: Install/Remove Intel Socket LGA1156 CPU and Heatsink
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