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Downgrade Rights For Windows 7 & Windows Vista Leaked! Rev. 2.0.
     Thu, Jul 02 2009 | 12:03P | Beginners Guides | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
"Microsoft has decided to enhance the End User downgrade facilitation options available to OEMs for downgrading systems with Windows Vista Business or Ultimate editions to Windows XP Professional. In addition, Microsoft will allow limited End User downgrade rights from Windows 7 Professional or Ultimate editions to either Windows Vista Business or Window XP Professional. Yes, it's a little confusing, so we are here today to lay it all out for you. Our intrepid source at Microsoft has given us new updates on Microsoft's policies on Windows 7 and Windows Vista Downgrade Rights. Let's take a look at what these new Downgrade Rights entail."
  FULL STORY @ TECHARP

Windows 7 Hard Drive and SSD Performance Analyzed
     Thu, Jul 02 2009 | 12:02P | Hard Drives/SSD | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
Windows 7 is undoubtedly the most exciting new operating system to come out of Microsoft within the past decade--and with good reason. The user interface is superb, gone are many of the oddball Vista quirks, and the operating system is light and snappy, marking a massive 180 degree shift away from the heaviness and bloat of Vista. Despite the fact that it's based on many of the same core Vista elements, Windows 7 is a different beast, and should be looked at in a fresh new light. As with any new operating system release, there are a lot of questions with regards to how it will perform on various hardware configurations--one of the more interesting ones being related to disk performance. So, today we're going to look at how various types of disks perform under Windows 7, both of the traditional platter based variety and new solid state disks. We're not only curious about how disk performance changes between the operating systems, but want to see if Windows 7's new solid-state specific optimizations and tuning give users even greater performance compared to Vista...
  FULL STORY @ HOTHARDWARE

XTracPads Gaming Mouse Pad Review
     Thu, Jul 02 2009 | 12:01P | Mouse Pads | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
Here at Tech-Reviews, we are very familiar with XTracPads’ products after reviewing a variety of their mouse pads. Previously we have rated pads such as the Fat Mat and Micro very highly and are therefore expecting great things from XTracPad’s new products. Let’s see if the newly available Hybrid lives up to our expectations.
  FULL STORY @ TECH-REVIEWS

Thermaltake ISGC-200 Heatsink Review
     Thu, Jun 11 2009 | 5:32P | Cooling / Heatsinks | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
www.frostytech.com

"At the heart of the Thermaltake ISGC-200 heatsink is a glossy white impeller that vaguely resembles the petals of a daisy. The tips of the fan blades have a little notch taken out, supposedly this reduces noise by 3% too. The ISGC-200 heatsink itself stands 140mm tall, weighs 470 grams and accommodates one 92mm PWM fan that spins at 600~1600 RPM."

  FULL STORY @ FROSTYTECH

Coolermaster Hyper TX3 Heatsink Review
     Thu, Jun 11 2009 | 5:32P | Cooling / Heatsinks | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
www.frostytech.com

In all other regards Coolermaster's Hyper TX3 heatsink is a compact mid-level heatsink suitable for use on AMD socket 745/939/940/AM2/AM3 processors and Intel socket 775/1156 chips (not LGA1366 however). The Hyper TX3 heatsink weighs in at 470 grams, stands less than 140mm tall, and comes equipped with a low noise 92mm 800-2800RPM PWM fan that drives 17-54CFM according the manufacturer. The heatsink is built around three skinny 6mm diameter copper heatpipes that connect a small aluminum base to the 92x92mm tower of aluminum cooling fins.
  FULL STORY @ FROSTYTECH

2009 E3 Expo - Opening Day Coverage
     Thu, Jun 04 2009 | 6:22P | Tradeshows / Events | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
"It's that time of year where all the major computer and video game manufacturers to show off their upcoming projects to a slew of industry insiders at the Electronic Entertainment Expo, better known as E3. When most people think of E3, they think of the games (and sometimes the booth babes). For the most part this is correct, but as we attended this year's event, we found some pretty nice hardware on display..."
  FULL STORY @ LEGITREVIEWS

Beginners Guides: Flash Memory Data Recovery and Protection
     Thu, May 14 2009 | 12:58A | Beginners Guides | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF

Stuck with lost data on a USB memory key or Flash card and don't know what to do? Recovering data from flash memory devices is possible, and not too complex, so follow along and PCSTATS will help you get those pictures back! That's right. Despite all their obvious advantages, USB drives and other flash memory devices like compact flash and SD cards are not without some problems and pitfalls of their own.

In this Beginners Guide, PCSTATS is going to look at how flash memory works, what can go wrong with it, and how to recover and protect your data in case the worst does happen.

  FULL STORY @ PCSTATS

 
Cooler Master HAF 922 Mid Tower Case
     Wed, May 13 2009 | 5:29P | Cases | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
"I’m sure at this point in time you have seen images or caught wind of just how good the HAF 933 from CoolerMaster is. Most times when I see people asking for a roomy case with good to great airflow, the HAF name is soon to follow as a great bang for the buck full tower chassis. While this case is in fact roomy and allows for endless mod possibilities, from what I gather it’s a love hate relationship with the overall looks of the HAF 933. I personally don’t mind the overall design but it has been referenced to a gas can in a few threads I read. Regardless of looks, the HAF covers all of my basic issues I faced with my previous cases. Maybe the looks of the 933 aren’t exactly what you desire. Maybe the 933 is a little large to fit your space requirements. Never fear, CoolerMaster has brought other solutions based on the HAF 933 case that is already available to the market. This Time CoolerMaster brings a slightly smaller version of the HAF 933 and is soon to release the officially named HAF 922, or "mini HAF" as it has also been referred to in articles up to this point."
  FULL STORY @ TWEAKTOWN

Frostytech Reviews the Coolermaster Hyper N520 Heatsink
     Sat, Apr 25 2009 | 11:03P | Cooling / Heatsinks | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
www.frostytech.com Are Coolermaster Heatsinks really "good" heatsinks? That's the question Frostytech answer today with a review of the new Coolermaster Hyper N520 heatsink.... and a pretty neat backstory on the fan used with a lot of heatsinks today that has its origins in aerospace applications. You certainly don't get that kind of detail at other ExtremeHardwareOverclockReview-itus.com websites.

"The Coolermaster Hyper N520 heatsink is geared for lower-noise cooling requirements. The cooler stands 142mmmm tall, is 118mm wide and accommodates two 92mm fans that spin at 1800RPM each. The heatsink weighs 688grams and is compatible with Intel Socket 775, 771, 1366 (Socket T/J/B respectively) and the entire family of AMD Socket 939/AM2+ processors."

  FULL STORY @ FROSTYTECH

Pirate Bay confident of trial win
     Thu, Apr 16 2009 | 3:17P | Web News | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
"One of the founders of file-sharing website The Pirate Bay has said he anticipates victory in the court battle over alleged copyright theft. Peter Sunde said: "We are quite confident we are going to win." Mr Sunde said the site would continue operating even if he and his three co-defendants were found guilty on Friday. The Pirate Bay is the world's most high profile file-sharing website. In February 2009, it reported 22 million simultaneous users. "
  FULL STORY @ BBC

Initial rumors had the RV790 pegged as a speed optimized RV770
     Fri, Mar 27 2009 | 4:45A | Video Cards | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
: "I do not think we will see a massive increase in stream units as we saw going from the RV670 to the RV770. I think we will see an increase to 960 stream units (divided into 12 SIMDs), but the amount of RBEs will likely be unchanged (though AMD would include another texture unit per SIMD, adding another RBE would sort of upset the orthoganality of the setup). Considering the current texturing and AA performance of the HD 4870, those changes are likely not needed in the new chip. Performance increases in pure pixel fillrate and texturing will be improved from the clockspeed increases as well as further internal optimizations into these units."
  FULL STORY @ PCPER

Sunbeam Core-Contact Freezer 92mm CPU Cooler in Frostytech
     Wed, Mar 25 2009 | 2:12A | Cooling / Heatsinks | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
www.pcstats.com

"Thanks to a fast 120mm fan that moves more air per minute than comparably built heatsinks, the Sunbeamtech Core-Contact Freezer has remained a dominant force on Frostytech's Top 5 Heatsinks chart for several months now. In this review however, Frostytech is testing the 92mm edition of the Core-Contact Freezer. It doesn't stray too far from the mold, offering a compact footprint for those times when a 120mm fan is just too darn big."

  FULL STORY @ FROSTYTECH

Titan Fenrir TTC-NK85TZ Heatsink Review
     Mon, Mar 23 2009 | 2:08P | Cooling / Heatsinks | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
www.pcstats.com

"In this review Frostytech is testing the new Titan TTC-NK85TZ Fenrir heatsink, a good CPU cooler from a manufacturer which has had a spotty past. If you can find the Titan TTC-NK85TZ Fenrir you'll find it equivalent to models like the Sunbeam Core-contact freezer. Like many tower heatsinks, the TTC-NK85TZ Fenrir heatsink has four exposed 8mm diameter direct contact heatpipes at the base. These allow heat to be efficiently conducted from the CPU to the aluminum fins without passing first through a secondary heat spreader where voids can impeed thermal conduction."

  FULL STORY @ FROSTYTECH

Intel LGA1156 mainstream CPU - Gigbyte GA-IBP Motherboard
     Fri, Mar 06 2009 | 11:00A | Tradeshows / Events | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
www.pcstats.com

Intel 5-series Chipsets

Lower temperature design supports better overclocking, next generation Intel CPU (socket LGA1156) architecture, dual channel DDR3, nVidia SLI and ATI CrossfireX.

Blu-Ray playback by 106db SNR ALC889A HD Audio, 2 Gigabit Ethernet with teaming.

  FULL STORY @ IMPRESS

Gigabyte UItra Durable Demo'd at CeBIT
     Fri, Mar 06 2009 | 11:00A | Tradeshows / Events | PermaLink
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  FULL STORY @ IMPRESS

AMD Phenom II Dragon Platform
     Sat, Feb 14 2009 | 9:03A | CPU / Processors | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
"Today we are looking at the AMD Dragon platform powered by the new AMD Phenom II 940 Black Edition. The 940 is one of the best processor bargains and offers lots of bang for your buck. AMD is keep to point out that the 940 is part of its Dragon platform, which offers impressive levels of performance at prices that the mainstream gamer or computer user can afford. "
  FULL STORY @ I4U

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