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GTX 580 DirectCU II
     Thu, May 05 2011 | 4:02P | Video Cards | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
The ASUS DirectCU II cooling solution implemented features five copper heat pipes and dual aluminium radiators. Two 100mm cooling fans push a massive amount of air with minimal noise. While it's great to see such a beefy cooling solution paired with an over-engineered video card, it does come at the cost of three slots. ASUS claim it takes up two and a half slots, but in reality you need three slots spare.
  FULL STORY @ OVERCLOCKERS

HD6990-card from AMD
     Thu, May 05 2011 | 4:01P | Video Cards | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
As the release of the new HD6990-card from AMD draws closer AMD has decided to whet our appetite by releasing a few board shots as well as some screenshots from the upcoming game Dragon Age II which will have full Eyefinity-support.
  FULL STORY @ BJORN3D

HD 6790 in between the HD 6850
     Thu, May 05 2011 | 4:00P | Video Cards | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
AMD returns to the entry-level graphics card market again in a potentially big way with the $149 Radeon HD 6790, designed to take on the Nvidia GeForce GTX 550 Ti. That would place the HD 6790 in between the HD 6850 and HD 5770, with an 840/1050 MHz core/memory clock at stock and 1GB memory on a 256-bit memory bus, a larger memory bandwidth than expected from products in this lower price range. Yet with great power comes greater power requirements. Find out if the HD 6790 can bring DirectX11 gaming to the entry-level market in our review of AMD's latest Barts-based graphics card, which also includes benchmarks for Sapphire's HD 6790 offering:
  FULL STORY @ HARDWARE

iXBT Labs Review: MSI R6950 Twin Frozr II/OC, MSI R6870 Hawk
     Thu, May 05 2011 | 1:28P | Video Cards | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
"Today we're going to review three graphics cards from MSI: a Radeon HD 6950, a Radeon HD 6870, and a GeForce GTX 560 Ti. All three come equipped with very efficient Twin Frozr coolers and should give you good overclocking potential."
  FULL STORY @ IXBTLABS

LG BD670 3D Player
     Thu, May 05 2011 | 1:27P | Optical Drives | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
“Looks aren't everything. Take the LG BD670, it isn't much to look at compared with sleeker, more stylish Blu-ray players, but it offers a fantastic feature set, including 3D support, and solid performance at an affordable price.”
  FULL STORY @ TECHREVIEWSOURCE

FSP Aurum Gold 700 Power Supply Review
     Thu, May 05 2011 | 12:03P | Power Supply | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
"FSP is a traditional OEM manufacturer that is also offering some retail products. One of their latest offerings is the Aurum Gold series, with 400 W, 500 W, 600 W, and 700 W models featuring 80 Plus Gold certification. Let's see if the 700 W model is a good buy."
  FULL STORY @ HARDWARESECRETS

Corsair TX750 V2 Power Supply Review
     Thu, May 05 2011 | 12:02P | Power Supply | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
"Let's take a look at the revamped Corsair TX750 power supply, dubbed TX750 V2, now featuring a DC-DC design and 80 Plus Bronze certification."
  FULL STORY @ HARDWARESECRETS

 
Thermaltake Dasher vs. Mionix Propus 380 Mousepad
     Thu, May 05 2011 | 12:01P | Mouse Pads | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
"There's no point on putting down the money for some (expensive) gaming-grade mice like the ones we test here if you're gonna use it on some cheap mousepad. Those peripherals are great, but they truly excell when sliding over a gaming-grade mousepad that offers optimal tracking conditions. We received two models with the same goal of improving the performance of gaming mice but with different approaches to it: one is flexible and made from a cloth weave surface (the Themaltake Dasher) and the other one is rigid with a silver-metallic plastic coating (Mionix Propus 380). We made an ensemble test which you are gonna read after we describe each mousepad separately."
  FULL STORY @ HARDWARESECRETS

Radeon HD 6790
     Thu, May 05 2011 | 12:00P | Video Cards | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
Excerpt: "The i3DSpeed informs you about performance of popular graphics cards and the best price/performance deals in the market. This time we added test results of Radeon HD 6790, GeForce GTX 590, GeForce GTX 460 SE, 2 x GeForce GTX 570 SLI."
  FULL STORY @ IXBTLABS

AMD Phenom II X4 975 BE 3.60 GHz
     Thu, May 05 2011 | 9:03A | CPU / Processors | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
AMD starts the new year with yet another fastest clocked processor introduced to the retail market. Clocked at 3.60 GHz, and with fair pricing, Phenom II X4 975 BE is reinforcing AMD's line of defense against oncoming Sandy Bridge models and needs to maintain AMD's strong presence in th emainstream market, at least until the Bulldozer architecture is ready.
  FULL STORY @ TECHPOWERUP

Seagate GoFlex Slim 320GB Portable Hard Drive Review
     Thu, May 05 2011 | 9:02A | Hard Drives/SSD | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
"While it can be argued that larger capacity external drives can be had for $99, Seagate's 320GB GoFlex Slim drive offers more versatility in a remarkably thin and light package. It can be accessed externally with both the USB 3.0 and USB 2.0 interfaces, or it can be used internally with a desktop PC."
  FULL STORY @ TWEAKNEWS

Lian Li Lancool PC-K57 Computer Case Review
     Thu, May 05 2011 | 9:01A | Cases | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
"Lian Li LanCool's PC-K57 chassis has a lot going for it, and the potential for much more. The bold look and solid construction are quite welcome, but there is a lot more to recommend it. With a roomy interior, solid tool-free features and outstanding cable management, including the innovative cable channel, the PC-K57 was a joy to work in and the dust filters are easily serviced to help the user keep the case in good shape."
  FULL STORY @ TWEAKNEWS

HIS HD 6850 IceQ X Turbo Graphics Card Review
     Thu, May 05 2011 | 9:00A | Video Cards | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
"In the end, the HIS IceQ X HD 6850 Turbo was nothing less than outright surprise. Not only did it look good, but it had the performance and overclocking to match. This card just LOVES to be overclocked and the IceQ X cooler shrugs off the initial thermal burden without even pondering a sweat."
  FULL STORY @ TWEAKNEWS

AMD Phenom II X4 975 Black Edition
     Wed, May 04 2011 | 4:03P | CPU / Processors | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
AMD released Deneb-core based AMD Phenoms in january 2009. Alot has happened since then in processor markets; frequencies have increased and more cores available in some processors. Even though AMD has Thuban-core based hexacore processors available, the quadcore Denebs are still sold quite a bit. Today we will take a closer look at their newest quadcore processor called AMD Phenom II X4 975. Let's have a look how it performs in our tests.
  FULL STORY @ PHENOM

NVIDIA GeForce 400
     Wed, May 04 2011 | 4:01P | Video Cards | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
"With NVIDIA still not providing any open-source support or technical documentation for their graphics processors, for those in the open-source community who seek to use their GeForce 400/500 "Fermi" GPUs without NVIDIA's binary driver, they are left to use the reverse-engineered, community-created Nouveau driver. Fortunately, the support for the NVIDIA Fermi GPUs is coming along at a respectable pace -- with even working OpenGL acceleration -- considering that NVIDIA is providing no support at all. In this article are the first benchmarks of this experimental GeForce 400/500 "Nouveau NVC0" driver versus NVIDIA's official proprietary driver."
  FULL STORY @ PHORONIX

HP 2711x
     Wed, May 04 2011 | 4:00P | Computer / SFF PCs | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
“Whether you're working with multi-page documents and spreadsheets or fragging your way to glory in the latest first person shooter, it's almost always better on a big screen. Enter the HP 2711x, a slender, 27-inch monitor that delivers good color and motion performance and is eco-friendly as well. However, you don't get many extras with this model, and it has grayscale and viewing angle issues.”
  FULL STORY @ TECHREVIEWSOURCE

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Beginners Guide: Install/Remove Intel Socket LGA1156 CPU and Heatsink
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Installing a socket LGA1156 Intel Core i3/i5/i7 processor into a fresh motherboard as part of a new PC build can be intimidating step, particularly if you've never worked inside a computer before. PCSTATS received a few emails from novice readers on this subject, so we thought it worthwhile to lay out the steps for you in this Beginners Guide.
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Gigabyte GA-X79-UD5 Intel X79 LGA2011 Motherboard In-Depth Review
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The Gigabyte GA-X79-UD5 is an awesome 'Sandy Bridge-E' motherboard for anyone in the business of content creation, yet still nimble enough to take on multi-videocard gaming and overclocking at the end of a days work.
Seagate Constellation ES 1TB Enterprise Hard Drive Review
Seagate Constellation ES 1TB Enterprise Hard Drive Review
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All Constellation ES drives are rated to 6Gb/s SATA III speeds, incorporate 64MB of cache, utilize 7200RPM spindle speeds and offer Native Command Queing. The drives are covered by an impressive 5 year warranty and rated to1.2 million hours MTBF.
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