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Aeneon XTune DDR3-1600 2 GB Memory Kit Review
     Sun, Aug 10 2008 | 12:01P | Memory | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
Today we will be looking at the latest DDR3 kit from Aeneon's XTune line; the 2GB DDR3-1600 kit. The new XTune modules feature an updated look and faster timings than the last set we reviewed in December. The Aeneon DDR3-1600 modules feature the latest XMP profiles and are compatible with EPP as well making this DDR3 kit one of the most versatile sets we have tested to date.
  FULL STORY @ CLUBOC

Top 5 Low Profile Heatsinks According to Frostytech
     Tue, Aug 05 2008 | 5:34A | Cooling / Heatsinks | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
Quickly find the best CPU thermal solution for compact, microATX, media, HTPC, and slim computer cases by consulting Frostytech's Top 5 Low Profile heatsink charts. Sorted into categories for heatsinks measuring less than 110mm, 75mm or 30mm tall, Frostytech ranks the best compact CPU coolers available by thermal performance and quietest operation. The first list is for Intel processor heatsinks, the second for AMD processor heatsinks. To find the absolute best heatsinks regardless of size, go to the main Frostytech Top 5 Heatsink Chart for a complete run down.
  FULL STORY @ FROSTYTECH

Intel Core 2 Duo E7200 Dual-Core Processor Review
     Tue, Jul 22 2008 | 4:24P | CPU / Processors | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
"The Intel Core 2 Duo E7200 is new low-cost Core 2 processor targeted at the mainstream market. Unlike other Wolfdale-based processors though, the Core 2 Duo E7200 has half its L2 cache disabled. This leaves the processor with only 3MB of L2 cache. It also uses a slower FSB speed of 1066 MHz. But does that mean it is slower than the Conroe-based Core 2 Duo processors that have 4MB of L2 cache and a faster FSB speed? You would be surprised at the results when we tested this processor and compared it against the performance of the Conroe-based Core 2 Duo processors."
  FULL STORY @ TECHARP

MSI P45 Platinum Motherboard Review
     Tue, Jul 22 2008 | 3:54P | Motherboards | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
The board was stable throughout testing and performed about on average with other P45 boards we have seen. One cool feature of the board is the GreenPower utility which can save energy when enabled. This is similar in concept to the EPU on ASUS motherboards and the Dynamic Energy Saver on the Gigabyte motherboards. Performance on the board is similar to the ASUS P5Q Deluxe board also on the P45 chipset and that is a good thing. One thing I wish MSI would do was get rid of the OC jumper, but it does give headroom for high overclocking when it works correctly. This board has many features that will appeal to a variety of users and should be satisfactory as the beginning of your Intel P4 system. Not quite an Editor’s Choice motherboard, but a Hot Product indeed.
  FULL STORY @ MOTHERBOARDS

Frostytech Test the Coolermaster GeminII S Heatsink Today
     Sun, Jul 20 2008 | 6:41P | Cooling / Heatsinks | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
www.pcstats.com Frostytech test a Coolermaster heatsink called the GeminII S and give their straight up verdict.

"In this review Frostytech is evaluating the Coolermaster GeminII S - a low height, lower noise, down-exhaust heatsink for Intel socket 775 and AMD socket 754/939/940/AM2+ processors. Coolermaster's GeminII S heatsink stands just 88mm tall and ships with a 120mm fan mounted to its frame. An extra set of brackets allow that fan to be replaced with two 92mm or 80mm fans."

  FULL STORY @ FROSTYTECH

Frostytech Tests the Xigmatek Achilles S1284 Heatsink
     Sat, Jul 19 2008 | 6:25P | Cooling / Heatsinks | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
www.pcstats.com Is the Xigmatek Achilles S1284 heatsink, with its special "exposed heatpipe base" worth getting? According to Forstytech the short answer is "yes." Read on to find out just how well the Achilles S1284 stacks up in the competitive world of AMD and Intel processor cooling!

"Xigmatek's Achilles S1284 heatsink is equipped with rubber vibration absorbing fan posts, a 120mm PWM fan that scales in speed from 800-1500RPM and a couple white LEDs for dramatic effect. The 660gram S1284 heatsink is compatible with socket 775 Intel Core 2 Duo/Quad CPUs, and all socket 754/939/940/AM2 AMD Athlon64/Phenom processors."

  FULL STORY @ FROSTYTECH

Diamond ATI Radeon HD4850 Review
     Fri, Jun 27 2008 | 12:00P | Video Cards | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
This card will essentially be a XFX Black Edition 9800GTX as the clock speeds will be 738MHz for the core and higher clock speed for the Shader clock. It will be an interesting battle for sure, but ATI has fired the first salvo towards high-performance sub-$200 video cards of 2008. The high-end enthusiast market wanting an ATI card that competes well against NVIDIA’s best will have to wait a month or so until the HD4870 arrives and its dual-chip brother the 4870X2. They will have higher clock speeds, GDDR5 memory and be much more competitive against the GTX260 and GTX280 (here’s a hint; two 4870s working together on a single PCB will likely outperform GTX280 for the same price point) If this forces NVIDIA to lower their prices it will be a much better market, after all, who wants to spend $650+ on a new video card if you can help it. The 4850 does what it is designed to do with high end performance outclassing the HD3870 across the board for a $200 price point using less power and with excellent features the HD4850 is interesting competition to NVIDIA’s mid-range card the 9800GTX+ and 9800GTX standard at $199.
  FULL STORY @ STREAMSEND

 
Sigma Unicorn Mid-Tower Case
     Fri, Jun 27 2008 | 9:03A | Cases | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
"Today we’re going to have a look at one of Sigma’s newer cases, the Unicorn. The Unicorn is a standard steel mid-tower case, finished in black with red LEDs. Of course, we all want our case to turn heads in one way or another, but are we willing to sink low enough to name our case the Unicorn?"
  FULL STORY @ OCIA

Palit Radeon HD 4850 Sonic
     Thu, May 01 2008 | 3:49A | Video Cards | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
When we first tested the Radeon HD 4850 we were simply shocked at the kind of value if offered, delivering a level of performance that was unmatched by the GeForce 9800 GTX, at around $100 US less. For this reason the Radeon HD 4850 became the best value graphics card we had seen in years, possibly ever. However despite offering such an extreme level of performance at next to nothing, the Radeon HD 4850 did have one small weakness and that was cooling.
  FULL STORY @ LEGIONHARDWARE

ASUS P5Q Pro Mainboard Review
     Thu, May 01 2008 | 12:49A | Motherboards | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
We have just tested one more mainboard on Intel P45 Express. This time it is a mainstream solution from ASUS supporting DDR2 SDRAM. Its specifications make it a potential hit, but how good this mainboard actually is? Let’s find out!
  FULL STORY @ XBITLABS

Inside Atom Architecture
     Wed, Apr 30 2008 | 9:49P | CPU / Processors | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
"Atom is a low-power CPU from Intel with very low power dissipation (less than 3 W), targeted to laptops or handheld devices with internet access - dubbed MIDs, Mobile Internet Devices. In this tutorial we will explore the architecture used on this CPU."
  FULL STORY @ HARDWARESECRETS

Samsung F400 Bang & Olufsen Music Phone
     Wed, Apr 30 2008 | 3:49P | Audio / Sound | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
"Now, phones aren’t usually my forte, but when Samsung asked if I wanted to review their new MP3 spouting mini-boom box of a phone, I couldn’t really say no. The real clincher was the Bang & Olufsen speakers embedded in the phone, which appealed to the audiophile in me. Unpacking it from its box, we can see that what the customer demands from a phone manufacturer these days is EVERYTHING. You get much more than just a charger and a little headset; with this phone we get a beefy looking set of headphones with in-line mic, data cable, software and a 1GB MicroSD card to boot."
  FULL STORY @ TWEAKTOWN

Logitech Illuminated Keyboard
     Wed, Apr 30 2008 | 12:49P | Peripherals | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
"Today we are looking at the new Logitech Illuminated Keyboard. The keyboard is the first from Logitech that is backlit and not aimed at gamers. The first thing you notice about the keyboard is how thin it is. The 9.3 mm profile makes for a very flat and comfortable typing position. The PerfectStroke key system provides one of the best keyboards for typing I have ever used. The keys are very responsive, have great travel, and offer a slight click when pressed. Overall tactile feel is excellent. The typing feel is so good that the Logitech Illuminated Keyboard is now the only keyboard I type on."
  FULL STORY @ I4U

Gigabyte EP45-DS3R
     Wed, Apr 30 2008 | 9:49A | Motherboards | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
"Overclocking this board felt exactly the same as overclocking the Gigabyte EP-45 Extreme. The only difference is that the multiplier had to be 6 on this DS3R whereas on the Extreme I could take it to 7. I was able to obtain a front side bus of 500MHz, which is quite good. I definitely could have gone further but the memory was holding me back. As much as I fought, I wasn't able to get anything higher than 500 x 6. I tinkered with the memory until it would finally pass MemTest and Prime 95 in Windows. Overall, it was easy to overclock but the memory was holding the motherboard back."
  FULL STORY @ OVERCLOCKERSCLUB

CradlePoint MBR1000 Mobile Broadband Router Review
     Wed, Apr 30 2008 | 6:49A | Networking | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
“EVDO is basically wireless internet access that can be accessed over a cellular network. Almost every cell phone provider offers EVDO service. What's great about it is that anywhere you get a cell signal you get internet access. No depending on a hotel's internet or a hotspot at a coffee shop for internet access anymore. I currently use an Express card from Sprint that allows me to connect to the service, but what if I'm on a trip with friends? Why should they have to pay $9.99 per day or more for internet when I already have access? That is where the CradlePoint MBR1000 comes in.”
  FULL STORY @ THINKCOMPUTERS

Acer AL2016WB Widescreen 20-inch Widescreen LCD Monitor Review
     Wed, Apr 30 2008 | 3:49A | Monitors | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
Today I will be looking at the Acer AL2016WB 20" Widescreen LCD Monitor, a budget-minded upgrade to the 19" standard-dimension monitor. Besides being my own first widescreen monitor, it will also be my first display over 19". Will this monitor sell me on widescreen? Read on to see....”
  FULL STORY @ THINKCOMPUTERS

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