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The Best Budget & Mainstream Processors
     Fri, Jun 10 2011 | 4:00P | CPU / Processors | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
Choosing a CPU platform is usually the first thing you do when building your own computer. If you've been following our reviews and always-fresh desktop PC buying guide you probably already have a good idea of the current landscape: Intel introduced their Sandy Bridge processors at the beginning of the year, bringing unparalleled performance and improved power consumption, while AMD has little to compete with above the $125 mark -- though that might change soon. Although we always try to keep you up to speed by reviewing the latest CPU releases as these take place, we've compiled a handy list of what we consider the best processor options right now at several price points between $80 and $225. Items are listed from least to most expensive and therefore, also by performance. For reference, we've also placed each product next to its closest competitor or best alternative if you are looking for a drop-in upgrade.
  FULL STORY @ TECHSPOT

GIGABYTE Unveils New BookTop S1080 Tablet
     Fri, Jun 10 2011 | 12:03P | Tradeshows / Events | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
Futurelooks stops by GIGABYTE’s private meeting suites high above the show at Taipei 101 where Nick Kanter of GIGABYTE’s Taiwan Notebook division was waiting to show us the new hotness. Two new products stuck out in our coverage including the highly anticipated S1080 BookTop and the docking M2342 notebook. Nick also showed us their power house P2532 multimedia notebook. Here’s a quick rundown of what we saw.
  FULL STORY @ FUTURELOOKS

COMPUTEX 2011 – Asus Wavi Xtion Kinect Clone Demo’d By Booth Babe
     Fri, Jun 10 2011 | 12:02P | Tradeshows / Events | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
Remember a couple years ago when Asus tried to ride the popularity of the Nintendo Wii by coming out with something that look eerily similar to the Wii Remote and Nunchuk? I think it was called the Eee Stick or something. Well, you know Kinect for Xbox 360 has been doing reasonably well? It looks like Asus wants a piece of that motion-sensing pie too.
  FULL STORY @ MEGATECHNEWS

Raptor-Gaming K3 and LK1 Keyboards Review
     Fri, Jun 10 2011 | 12:01P | Peripherals | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
"One company looking to cater for all gamers is Raptor-Gaming, a German manufacturer that specialise in PC peripherals at various price points. Today we'll be taking a look at two keyboards from their gaming range, the budget LK1 and the mid-range K3."
  FULL STORY @ KEYBOARD

MSI R6850 Cyclone Power Edition
     Fri, Jun 10 2011 | 12:00P | Video Cards | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
"MSI is very good about hyping their Cyclone series heat sink and based on this review, for good reason. The R6850 Cyclone Power Edition performed admirably in the temperature testing, maintaining homeostasis within its realm with refinement and poise. The card is much quieter than a majority of reference cooling solutions out there making it an ideal pull for gamers and movie watchers alike. Perhaps making the card a quality bid for that dorm room build you’ve been planning forever?"
  FULL STORY @ OVERCLOCKERSCLUB

GIGABYTE GA-A75M-UD2H Socket FM1 mATX Motherboard Review
     Fri, Jun 10 2011 | 11:10A | Motherboards | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
Futurelooks checks out a board to support that AMD FM1 APU ... *GIGABYTE GA-A75M-UD2H Socket FM1 mATX Motherboard Review* The best analogy of how a computer system works is the human body. It provides inspiration to the design of all machines and today?s modern PCs are no different. If the power supply unit is the heart of your computer, then the nervous system of a computer is the motherboard. Earlier on, we took an in depth look at AMD?s APUs (A8-3850/A6-3650) and the new Llano platform. Today, we are going to give you a closer look at the options for the ?nervous system? we spoke of: The GIGABYTE A75M-UD2H. But is it the right nervous system for your AMD Fusion based PC? Let?s find out! * * *"
  FULL STORY @ FUTURELOOKS.COM

Gears of War 3 Review @ Tech-Reviews.co.uk
     Fri, Jun 10 2011 | 10:16A | Games | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
Gears of War 3 is a third-person shooter developed by Epic Games exclusively for the Xbox 360. It was released on September 20th and sold over 3 million copies in its first week. And we got our hands on a copy to review for you guys. This is our first console game review on the website and the start of many more. So sit back relax and enjoy the review."
  FULL STORY @ TECH-REVIEWS.CO.UK

 
Jetway NF81-T56N-LF mITX Motherboard
     Fri, Jun 10 2011 | 9:03A | Motherboards | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
For quite some time, Intel has been unopposed in the low budget computing department. From the first underclocked Intel Celeron powered Eee PC, to the latest generation of Intel Atom based computers, this whole sector of the market has been dominated by Intel. The major competitors have tried to get a share of the market before with VIA's Nano and AMD's Athlon Neo, but both have failed in this perilous quest. Most of the problems with these two processors were their availability, interest from consumers and manufacturers, and, for the latter part, power draw and heat. With these processors, the incumbent was basically unmoved and still left with the majority of this market sector. Despite these setbacks, AMD had tried yet again to break into this market. Today, we have one of the first few Brazos based motherboards from Jetway. Jetway is known mostly for their commercial and industrial products, but since the Mini-ITX fad, more and more users are taking a serious look at Jetway. Well today, we managed to get our hands on the Jetway NF81-T56N-LF -- which has an AMD Fusion processor with built-in graphics. It is similar to that of the Intel Atom D525, but they provide an integrated AMD Radeon HD 6310 instead. The processor itself is the AMD eOntario T56N, which is said to perform similar or better in comparison with the Intel Atom D525, and it isn't even the top of the line in the Brazos line of CPUs. So without further adieu, let's take a look at how well the AMD Brazos based Jetway NF81-T56N-LF performs against the well established duo of Intel Atom and NVIDIA's ION 2.
  FULL STORY @ APHNETWORKS

Diamond VStream
     Fri, Jun 10 2011 | 9:02A | Video Cards | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
"Going back to the first question that I had asked at the beginning, do you ever wish you could wirelessly transmit your Laptop's screen to your HDTV? Well if you have ever wished this, then Diamond's VStream is exactly what you are looking for to do this. The Diamond VStream device does allow you to use a USB wireless dongle to transmit data from a PC, to the HD Base of the setup that will then send the signal via an HDMI cable to your HDTV or other display device. Setting up the Diamond VStream was very simple and easy to do."
  FULL STORY @ OVERCLOCKERSCLUB

ASUS WL-330N3G 6-in-1 Wireless-N Mobile Router Review
     Fri, Jun 10 2011 | 9:01A | Networking | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
“The ASUS WL-330N3G is a wireless router, access point, network adapter, repeater, and a Wi-Fi and 3G sharing device. For a moment, you may stop and think that the folks at ASUS must be magicians. Since only magicians could pack so many features into such a small device. Magicians or not, ASUS has created the WL-330N3G to be the Swiss Army Knife of routers. What’s better is that this Swiss Army Knife of routers is easily portable, and designed to adapt to 6 different networking situations with a few simple clicks. Hop past the jump to see why the ASUS WL-330N3G should be your travel router of cho ice."
  FULL STORY @ THINKCOMPUTERS

ASUS Sabertooth P67 Sandy Bridge motherboard
     Fri, Jun 10 2011 | 9:00A | Motherboards | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
With most of the focus of the last month or so on the Z68 launch, P67 chipset may have taken a back seat but the motherboards based around it are still highly appealing. The ASUS Sabertooth in particular is a unique P67 board which sports a great price along with high end features.
  FULL STORY @ HARDWARE

Triple Monitor Gaming: GeForce GTX 590 vs. Radeon HD 6990
     Thu, Jun 09 2011 | 4:03P | Video Cards | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
With the release of the dual-GPU AMD Radeon HD 6990, closely followed by the competing Nvidia GeForce GTX 590 we saw graphics card performance reach new heights. With bandwidth throughput in excess of 300GB/s, these cards can consume more power than entire computer systems. Moreover, the two GPUs on board of either product are so complex that combined make up for 11,000 million transistors. By utilizing three monitors games can become roughly 3x more demanding as the graphics card is required to render an overwhelmingly higher number of pixels. Whereas we commonly test graphics cards at single monitor resolutions of 1680x1050 (22”), 1920x1200 (24”) and 2560x1600 (30”), today we are taking these and adding two more LCD monitors for effective resolutions of 5040x1050, 5760x1200 and 7680x1600.
  FULL STORY @ TECHSPOT

HIS Radeon HD 6850 & 6870 IceQ X Turbo Crossfire Review
     Thu, Jun 09 2011 | 4:02P | Video Cards | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
Looking at the market today, the Radeon HD 6850 remains one of the best options available to gamers shopping for a sub-$200 GPU, while the Radeon HD 6870 still commands the sub-$250 bracket with its only real competition coming from the GeForce GTX 560 Ti. It's not very often that we see mainstream-level GPUs settle down for long, in this case it appears there's nothing too big on the horizon and thus we were pleased to hear that HIS was preparing an update for all card versions this year. The factory-overclocked 6870 IceQ X Turbo X and HIS Radeon HD 6850 IceQ X Turbo have upgraded coolers and are meant to be the fastest 6850 and 6870 graphics cards available out of the box -- albeit at a premium price. The 6870 IceQ X Turbo X is currently retailing for $250, while the 6850 IceQ X Turbo costs $190. Being the inquisitive type, we're determined to see if the extra fee is worthwhile.
  FULL STORY @ TECHSPOT

Intel Z68 Chipset & Smart Response Technology
     Thu, Jun 09 2011 | 4:01P | Chipset | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
"The Intel Smart Response Technology component of the Z68 is a great way for users who may not, for a variety of reasons, be able to use an SSD for their main OS but want an extra boost in performance that only an SSD can bring. Along with Intel releasing a relatively inexpensive 20GB SSD, consumers who have waited to upgrade to the Sandy Bridge platform may now have the incentive they need..."
  FULL STORY @ LEGITREVIEWS

15 Web Browsers Tested and Benchmarked
     Thu, Jun 09 2011 | 4:00P | Software | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
"We hope this testing helped you out and helped you learn or discover something you didn't know about web browsers before reading this. Our testing shows that in all of the benchmarks except for one that the fastest Microsoft Windows based browser is once again Google Chrome. Chrome 11 is the fastest public web browser and Chrome 12 is the fastest beta web browser that you can download today to use today..."
  FULL STORY @ LEGITREVIEWS

Gigabyte GTX 560 SuperOverclock
     Thu, Jun 09 2011 | 12:03P | Video Cards | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
“The GeForce GTX 560 is a cutdown version of its more expensive sibling, the GTX 560 Ti. What's really interesting, however, is that the 560 costs considerably less. But beyond the reference design card, however, some manufacturers are taking what appears to already be an impressive product and pushing things further, and Gigabyte is doing this with a custom heatsink and factory overclock for their GTX 560 Super Overclock.”
  FULL STORY @ PUREOVERCLOCK

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