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Antec Six Hundred 600 Gaming Mid-Tower Computer Case Review
     Sun, Jun 19 2011 | 9:01A | Cases | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
"Antec's Six Hundred gaming chassis has proven to be a bit of a mixed bag. I like the look and the few features that it has are quite good, but Antec touts it as, "The Ultimate Gaming Case." I'll take exception with them on this point."
  FULL STORY @ ANTEC

BitFenix Shinobi Window Mid Tower Chassis Review
     Sun, Jun 19 2011 | 9:00A | Cases | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
"Bringing affordable chassis designs to the masses is what BitFenix has been about since its inception. Not only have they been great at delivering wallet friendly designs, BitFenix has also delivered shapes, lighting, textures and all around good looking chassis' so far. Up to now it seems they are well known for the Colossus in its many flavors. While that design is a very large full tower chassis, sometimes that isn't what's needed for a build, or the larger frame just won't fit in your limited spacing. BitFenix already released one mid tower chassis design with the Survivor and Survivor Core cases. While I thought the chassis was stunning to look at, it was complicated to get inside once fully assembled. So, BitFenix went back to the design team and said, let's deliver another mid tower chassis, but make it look nothing like the Survivor or Colossus cases already out there. This time around they delivered me a more subdued chassis with straight lines and a small stature as to accommodate everything from a full ATX build down to mini-ITX systems. Not only that, but they offer it in a case that fits not only in the spacing that is sometimes limited, but with the more subtle styling that allows this new chassis to fit with almost any décor."
  FULL STORY @ TWEAKTOWN

Seagate GoFlex Slim 320GB USB 3.0 Hard Drive
     Sat, Jun 18 2011 | 4:03P | Hard Drives/SSD | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
While testing may have been necessary to prove the performance claims regarding the Seagate GoFlex Slim 320GB USB 3.0 hard drive, the other key selling point is blatantly obvious with just a casual glance. The GoFlex Slim lives up to its name, as it is ultra-compact in all directions, especially its thickness. At just 9mm thick it is about as thin as some bare 2.5" drives.
  FULL STORY @ BIGBRUIN

Patriot Memory 32GB LX Pro Class 10 SDHC Card
     Sat, Jun 18 2011 | 4:02P | Memory | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
As more and more professional devices are moving to SDHC, having a high end card like the Patriot Memory LX Pro provides the ability for fast speed and response time when taking photos or recording HD video. The comfort of knowing that your card can react as quickly as you can on the moments that count the most is unprecedented.
  FULL STORY @ BIGBRUIN

G.Skill Sniper 8GB 1600MHz DDR3 Memory Kit
     Sat, Jun 18 2011 | 4:01P | Memory | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
While I have been aware of the G.Skill brand for quite some time, this was my first chance to review one of their products. I wasn't sure what to expect and was never able to recommend them based on personal experience. The G.Skill Sniper 8GB 1600MHz DDR3 memory kit has changed that, as it works exactly as intended with no issues.
  FULL STORY @ BIGBRUIN

Sentey Black Box Series BX1-4284 Mid Tower Case
     Sat, Jun 18 2011 | 4:00P | Cases | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
Sentey wants to be considered among the premium do-it-yourself brands, and with the Black Box Series BX1-4284 mid tower case they are well on their way. Version 2.1 of their black series case certainly didn't disappoint. We were immediately impressed with the fit-and-finish of the overall build and the implementation of the tool-less functionality.
  FULL STORY @ BIGBRUIN

MSI GeForce GTX 580 Lightning Xtreme edition review
     Sat, Jun 18 2011 | 12:03P | Video Cards | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
When we tested the GeForce GTX 580 Lightning from MSI roughly a month ago, we stated that the product might become product of the year, it really is that good. But little this I knew about an Xtreme edition that MSI still had in the works. Armed with color changing fans and 3GB of memory MSI raises the bar once again.
  FULL STORY @ GURU3D

 
MSI R6950 Twin Frozr III Power Edition OC review
     Sat, Jun 18 2011 | 12:02P | Video Cards | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
MSI does what it does best, customizing hardware. They took the R6950 GPU, and threw the rest away. They designed a new PCB loaded with features and overclock potential, slapped some really cool memory on the card and topped off that GPU with the all new Twin Frozr III cooler. We take this card over a full GHz today on the graphics core, and that says a lot about the sturdy design alright
  FULL STORY @ R6950

Tones OC Academy Edition 2011
     Sat, Jun 18 2011 | 12:01P | Overclocking | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
Last year we were asked to give an OC tutoring demonstration at the Tones PC shop of Heist op den Berg. Being a big succes as the participants were very happy and enthousiastic afterwards, maybe it was time for a sequal. This year not Asus, but Gigabyte jumped the gun to provide us with the required hardware so we could introduce 8 lucky winners into the world of overclocking. As the concept of last year was pretty okay, it wasn't required to make any big changes. Centre of the show was Gigabytes brand new X58A-OC board. Designed by overclockers for overclockers, how brilliant is that !
  FULL STORY @ MADSHRIMPS

HIS Radeon HD 6970 IceQ Turbo 2GB Video Card Review
     Sat, Jun 18 2011 | 12:00P | Video Cards | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
"We've looked at the HIS HD 6970 Turbo, we've also looked at some IceQ variants of the HD 6800 series; but today the power of the IceQ and Turbo series combine to create the HIS HD 6970 IceQ Turbo. The IceQ series is a popular one for HIS and has always represented their best cooler in the HIS line-up. Combined with the Turbo label, the card carries with it also a nice out of the box overclock. Today, though, we've decided to ignore the overclock and instead make use of the cooler and overclock the card ourselves. Before we cover that, though, let's first check out the package that's on offer from the HIS HD 6970 IceQ Turbo 2GB; then we'll take a closer look at the card itself before looking at the actual overclock we achieved."
  FULL STORY @ TWEAKTOWN

G.Skill Sniper 8GB CL7 DDR3 memory review
     Sat, Jun 18 2011 | 9:03A | Memory | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
G.Skill designed another 8GB low voltage DDR3 kit (2x 4GB) that can be set at 1600 MHz yet still run a CAS latency of 7. And that is truly interesting because the denser the ICs get, the higher latency typically gets. The end results will be very interesting, our test suite software will be run of the mill, we'll simply take all standard PC configurations and processors and compare this memory seated on a Core i7 2600K / Z68 chipset setup and evaluate it to the baseline performance of other chipsets/processors and their respective reference baseline performance. Read our review right here.
  FULL STORY @ GURU3D

The Sony Ericsson Xperia PLAY is the first PlayStation certified mobile device t
     Sat, Jun 18 2011 | 9:02A | Games | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
The more data that the average home or power user collects, the greater the need is for some type of mass storage device to protect it all. The Thecus N32000XXX network attached storage server is very good at addressing this situation. With compatibility for Mac, Linux, and Windows, it makes sharing data and printers extremely easy. With its flexible configuration options and included backup software, it also makes a simple task out of backing up your valuable data.
  FULL STORY @ BIGBRUIN

Sony Ericsson Xperia PLAY Review
     Sat, Jun 18 2011 | 9:01A | Mobile Devices | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
The Sony Ericsson Xperia PLAY is the first PlayStation certified mobile device to hit the market. This means that it has access to special ports of games from Sony's legacy of PlayStation titles, in addition to the growing number of games available to the Android platform. In order to make good use of its PlayStation certification, the PLAY features a unique slide-out gaming pad with controls that mimic a PlayStation controller, including two touch-sensitive pads in place of the usual analog sticks. As far as its phone capabilities go, the PLAY is no slouch. It’s fast and responsive, and the version for Verizon Wireless in the U.S. has a basic version of Android 2.3 Gingerbread user interface, instead of the modified one that Sony Ericsson installs on the versions of the PLAY for the rest of the world. Is the Xperia PLAY the mobile gaming fanatic's dream phone? Maybe to an extent thanks to the gaming pad, but for the rest of us it’s just an average Android phone which is both good and bad. Read on for more details and watch MobileBurn’s videos for some hands-on action with the Xperia PLAY.
  FULL STORY @ TECHSPOT

Intel Core i7 2600K Sandy Bridge CPU Review
     Sat, Jun 18 2011 | 9:00A | CPU / Processors | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
The Second Generation of the Intel Core Processor Family took off this past January with many early adopters pleasantly surprised by the abundance of speed, updated technologies, and better graphics integration. The high-end option in the 2nd Gen family is the beastly Core i7-2600K. The i7-2600K takes on all the features of the 2nd Gen i5 series with 1 major addition to the specifications - Intel Hyper-Threading Technology. Join us at TechwareLabs as we discover the workhorse that is the i7-2600K CPU.
  FULL STORY @ TECHWARELABS

AMD Phenom II X4 980 Black Edition
     Fri, Jun 17 2011 | 4:03P | CPU / Processors | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
We thought we saw the last of the K10 based processors from AMD with the release of the Phenom X6 1100T BE and the Phenom X4 970 BE, but we were wrong. While we probably will not see any new six-core Phemoms until Bulldozer arrives, AMD has bumped up the fastest quad core by 100MHz and put out the Phenom X4 980 BE. The Phenom X4 980 BE runs at 3.7 GHz and costs $197, and will replace the current flagship quad core Phenom II X4 970 BE. Besides the 100MHz speed bump, there are no other changes to the processor. The processor still fits the 125W TDP, with 6MB L3 and 2MB total L2. It is still based on the Deneb core so users will not get TurboCore support like the six-core Thuban based processor.
  FULL STORY @ PHENOM

In-Win Buc Mid Tower Case
     Fri, Jun 17 2011 | 4:02P | Cases | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
Our impression with In-Win is that the company often offers products with a slight artistic flavor. Take their Na, for example. Despite being a simple enclosure, it has elegant looks and an artistic flair that draws attention. While not as well-known as big players like Antec, Thermaltake, or Silverstone when comes to computer chassis, In-Win has a long history of making computer cases. Their latest enthusiast's case, the Buc, combines their artistic talent and functionalities. And the end result is a feature-rich chassis with a unique look.
  FULL STORY @ BJORN3D

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