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G.Skill Ripjaws-X Series PC3-17066 4GB Kit
     Sat, Feb 05 2011 | 5:20P | Memory | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
"The F3-17066CL7D-4GBXH is a PC3-17066 kit which translates to 2133MHz DDR. As you may have guessed from the naming, it's a 4GB kit. What makes it really stand out is the timings, though, at these speeds. Out of the packet we've got a 7-10-7-27-1T @ 1.65v setup which is more aggressive than other P67 kits we've looked at, but with slightly more voltage as well. Saying that, 1.65v isn't a worrying number at all, as it's what we've been used to seeing over the last few years with high performance DDR3 memory kits."
  FULL STORY @ TWEAKTOWN

Sapphire Radeon HD 6870 Flex Edition 1GB DX11 Video Card Review
     Sat, Feb 05 2011 | 5:19P | Video Cards | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
"The Sapphire Radeon HD 6870 Flex Edition 1GB video card makes Eyefinity even easier. Using an onboard Analogix chip, the HD 6870 Flex Edition takes the need for a DP adapter completely away. Now, you can simply plug 3 DVI (or in my case 2 DVI and 1 HDMI) monitors in and get instant SLS (Single Layer Surface) Eyefinity goodness. Any additional monitors will need to use the Display Ports. In all, the Flex Edition can support up to 5 total displays. The Sapphire Radeon HD 6870 Flex edition retains the stock 6870 configuration under the hood. The HD 6870's core speed is 900 MHz and includes 1GB DDR5 memory set at 1050 MHz. There are 1120 Stream processors and more than enough power for play and/or productivity."
  FULL STORY @ HITECHLEGION

Maximus IV Extreme
     Sat, Feb 05 2011 | 12:03P | Motherboards | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
With minimal time for testing, we were only able to bring you a portion of the review in Part 1, but we promised a follow up article to answer the remaining questions about the Maximus IV Extreme, and real world use with Sandy Bridge. Well, to quote the movie “The Cable Guy”…”The Future Is Now!” and today is that day! In this review, we’ve dug much deeper into the Maximus IV Extreme and exploited its full potential with single, dual, and triple SLI configurations. We’ve included a much more thorough testing regime to better gauge the real world performance potential in this platform, and drawn full conclusions to better help you with your buying decisions. So is Sandy Bridge right for you? Do you need a Maximus IV Extreme? These are all good questions, read on for the answers.
  FULL STORY @ EXTREME

GPU boasts of more performance
     Sat, Feb 05 2011 | 12:02P | Video Cards | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
The codename “Cayman” represents the 6900 series of cards from AMD. The refined GPU boasts of more performance per mm², new and improved image quality features, enhanced multimedia acceleration and next-generation display technology with HDMI 1.4a and DisplayPort 1.2. It should also be pointed out that with the new 6 series launch, there is a new naming strategy from AMD. The 6900 series are now considered the high-performance cards and the 6800 series have now taken on the roll of being the budget conscious gamer’s cards. Essentially the new 6900 line would be the direct successor to the 5800 line of cards in the performance market segment. Now, with that brief introduction out of the way, let us continue on to the review.
  FULL STORY @ TECHREACTION

Dark Fleet cases
     Sat, Feb 05 2011 | 12:01P | Cases | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
Antec has a reputation for manufacturing quality PC enclosures and power supplies, but most of their older designs didn't lend themselves to the flashy desires of the PC gaming community. After researching what features and options PC gamers needed in their cases, Antec developed the mysterious Dark Fleet series. The DF series brings together the company's high craftsmanship standards and the unique requirements of PC gamers and enthusiasts. We have one of the smaller form factor Dark Fleet cases on our test bench today called the DF-30. The unique cooling system, fan controllers, and 2.5" HDD support makes it a true competitor in the mid-tower chassis market.
  FULL STORY @ PCPER

ECS P67H2-A motherboard review
     Sat, Feb 05 2011 | 12:00P | Motherboards | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
Today the turn goes to the folks from ECS who put out some serious kit on the market. ECS was also working on a few of these P67 motherboards and is making sure that both NVIDIA and AMD graphics cards work combined together. Yep, they are adding a Lucid Hydra chip like some of the competition is doing as well. Anyway, the offering tested today is the P67H2-A socket LGA 1155 motherboard which is powered by a 14-phase VRM.
  FULL STORY @ ARTICLE

AMD Phenom II X4 840 and Phenom II X4 975 Black Edition Review
     Sat, Feb 05 2011 | 9:03A | CPU / Processors | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
AMD launches new processors into the new year. The AMD Phenom X4 975 Black Edition and AMD Phenom X4 840 to breathe the high-end and midrange segments of the AMD quad-core CPUs new life. We have tested the two newcomers.
  FULL STORY @ TWEAKPC

 
CyberPower Gamer Xtreme 5000 Intel P67 Sandy Bridge
     Sat, Feb 05 2011 | 9:02A | Chipset | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
“Finally Intel’s Sandy Bridge is here! I’m sure you have heard about it a lot in the past few months. This new CPU architecture is still built on the 32nm process and is still branded Core i3, i5 and i7 so what really is new? These new processors are supposed to be more efficient, have the best integrated graphics ever from Intel and they are to be priced quite competitively. This of course is not an Intel Sandy Bridge review, this is a CyberPower system review! They have really built an awesome Sandy Bridge system for us and we can’t wait to check it out! Read on to see what Sa ndy Bridge really can do and how awesome this system is!"
  FULL STORY @ THINKCOMPUTERS

FATAL1TY P67 Profess1onal Series
     Sat, Feb 05 2011 | 9:00A | Motherboards | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
Six years have passed since Jonathan 'Fatal1ty' Wendel met with the minds of Abit Corporation to design a motherboard optimized for PC gaming enthusiasts. That board not only met expectations, but also excelled by including many of the features that gamers sought as standard. Just last month, an announcement of a new partnership between Fatal1ty and ASRock was unveiled, birthing a modern version of the gamer's board. A lot has changed since 2004, and today we put it to the test of next-generation gaming.
  FULL STORY @ MOTHERBOARDS

Biostar USA announcement regarding Intel 6 series chipset design issue
     Sat, Feb 05 2011 | 4:14A | Motherboards | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF

 (NOTE - For the latest developments from every motherboard maker on this developing recall please see this PCSTATS article - Intel 6-Series Chipset Recall - Sandy Bridge Intel P67 & H67)

On Jan 31’s Intel announced a flaw with the 6 Series where "In some cases, the Serial-ATA (SATA) ports within the chipsets may degrade over time, potentially impacting the performance or functionality of SATA-linked devices such as hard disk drives and DVD-drives.” This fix will require a hardware modification or motherboard replacement which cannot be fixed by BIOS updates. Biostar has initiated a service notice guide for the 6 Series products to address customer concerns. However if you are enjoying the product and wish to continue to use the product until revised parts available, (ETA for replacements parts is April, due to production time) you are welcome do to so, but with caution. Problem is said to be affecting 5% to 15% of the products over a 2 to 3 year usage. At this moment, Biostar has stopped all shipments of P67 and H67 chipset motherboards.

In the meantime we would like to offer suggestions to the community for those who wish to continue to use the product until replacement parts are available.

1. Always back up your data just in case something goes wrong.
2. All Biostar P67 and H67 motherboards have at least two SATA3 ports, please use the SATA3 ports as the primary devices Note: So far this design bug is related to the SATA2 ports, SATA3 ports are safe to use.Even if you have SATA2 or SATA1 devices, they are safe to be used on SATA3 ports as SATA3 is backwards compatible with SATA1 and SATA2.
3. If you are still concerned and would like to return the product, please contact your place of purchase for return procedures. Many of Biostar authorized dealer is aware of the situation and will help to assist you..
4. Note: For the Intel 6 series chipset design issue, Biostar will offer advance replacement program which will include a return shipping label in return for customer convenience. Details of the advance replacement program will be announced on Biostar website http://www.biostar-usa.com/app/en-us/news/index.php when parts are available. ETA is April 2011.

Biostar Products affected sold Between 12-01-2011 to 02-01-2011

TP67XE
TP67B+
TH67XE
TH67+

  FULL STORY @ BIOSTAR-USA

Antec LanBoy Air Fully-Modular Computer Chassis Review
     Sat, Feb 05 2011 | 12:07A | Cases | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
Futurelooks checks out ANTEC`s innovative LanBoy Air Modular-Chassis ... Antec LanBoy Air Fully-Modular Computer Chassis Review Antec offers some of the cleanest yet abstract enclosure designs on the planet. It?s like one department is always keeping professional while another keeps it interesting. Every so often we see something that doesn?t seem to make sense at first glance. The Antec LanBoy Air enclosure is one of those special creations. Built for gamers and enthusiasts with hot and power hungry performance components, air flow is of vital importance in this fully modular design. Throw in nothing more than a frame work while removing all of the conventional panels and we?ve got an Antec that?s truly special. Let?s find out if we can hold it to that standard."
  FULL STORY @ FUTURELOOKS.COM

Arctic Cooling Accelero GTX Pro Review
     Fri, Feb 04 2011 | 3:23P | Cooling / Heatsinks | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
"Arctic Cooling pioneered the dual slot blower fan external exhaust heatsink design, and has pushed forward into dual and triple fan extreme cooling solutions. Will their Accelero Xtreme give new life to a GTX 275, staving off that upgrade payment for a few more months?"
  FULL STORY @ COOLING

Zalman ZM-NSP100 Portable Notebook Speaker Review
     Fri, Feb 04 2011 | 3:21P | Audio / Sound | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
"The Zalman ZM-NSP100 Clip On Notebook Speakers are designed to give your notebook a big boost in volume, clarity and sound field. The Zalman ZM-NSP100 speakers are not fixed mounted in a notebook, so positioning can be correct for you to get the most from your audio. Featuring 6 watts RMS total and two 30mm drivers, the ZM-NSP100 speakers can fill a room with sound, but are still small enough to be easily portable. With Plug and Play through a single USB 2.0 connection, set up and installation is a snap. The Zalman ZM-NSP100 speakers are available in black/silver and white/green to match your style."
  FULL STORY @ HITECHLEGION

Contest ALERT - Crucial.com giving away 256GB of memory
     Fri, Feb 04 2011 | 3:20P | Web News | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
www.pcstats.com

Crucial.com is holding an "Ultimate Upgrade Giveaway” where PCSTATS readers can enter to WIN one of two massive computer memory upgrade packages which include:
256GB Crucial RealSSD C300 2.5” with Data Transfer Kit,
up to a
$250 USD (£175 GBP or 200 Euros) in custom Crucial RAM upgrade
and a 16GB Crucial Gizmo! USB flash drive.

See complete prize package details here: http://www.facebook.com/note.php?created&¬e_id=467069212536&id=74093261135

Join the PCSTATS Group on Facebook today and get your Geek on, or follow us on Twitter to learn about future contests, giveaways and the latest tech news.

  FULL STORY @ FACEBOOK

MSI GeForce GTX 580 1536 MB in SLI Overclocked
     Fri, Feb 04 2011 | 12:03P | Video Cards | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
NVIDIA jumped to the top of our TPR graphs when we posted our GTX 580 in SLI article. It wasn't a surprise, as in single form the GTX 580 1536MB is faster than the HD 6970 2GB. Scaling for NVIDIA has always been strong and while I think AMD have pretty much caught up with both companies offering nearly 100% gains in some areas, NVIDIA still has the raw power of the GTX 580 on their side. We came to two conclusions really when we tested the GTX 580 in SLI. It's DAMN FAST! - And it's going to play pretty much anything you throw at it at, any resolution, at any level of detail."
  FULL STORY @ TWEAKTOWN

Logitech G700 Wireless Gaming Mouse
     Fri, Feb 04 2011 | 12:02P | Mobile Devices | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
Are you an avid gamer looking for a feature-rich and reliable gaming mouse that also happens to be wireless? Logitech's G700 might be worth a look. At around $85, it's not cheap, but it does offer a plethora of customizable buttons, the ability to go wired if the battery dies, and also supports a super-high 5700 DPI.
  FULL STORY @ LOGITECH

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