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ASRock P67 Pro3 (B3) Motherboard
     Wed, May 04 2011 | 12:01P | Motherboards | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
"ASRock P67 Pro3 is a rather inexpensive LGA 1155 motherboard that mostly offers basic features of this platform, but has decent expandability. It won't do for a SLI/CrossFire configuration and may require additional expansion cards, if onboard connectors are not enough. If they are, you get a decent motherboard with matching software utilities that will let you build a good modern PC."
  FULL STORY @ MAINBOARD

Intel Core i3-2100 Processor
     Wed, May 04 2011 | 12:00P | CPU / Processors | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
"Processors like Core i3-2100 are in their right places in terms of both price and performance. In due time, we liked the Core i3-500 lineup very much. Now we like the Core i3-2000 one even more. We wish was bigger, however. But the noticeable price gap between Core i3-2120 and Core i3-2300 gives us hope that it may be expanded. Let's hope those new solutions will be as good."
  FULL STORY @ IXBTLABS

Cooler Master Choiix Cruiser Mouse Review
     Wed, May 04 2011 | 9:02A | Mouse Pads | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
"The Choiix Cruiser mouse does exactly what it is designed to do, which is provide smooth and accurate cursor movements on a wide variety of surfaces. That alone makes it a great choice for traveling laptop users, and the tiny USB receiver and adjustable height round out a well-made, affordable input device."
  FULL STORY @ TWEAKNEWS

Asus RT-N12 SuperSpeed-N Router Review
     Wed, May 04 2011 | 9:01A | Networking | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
"The Asus RT-N12 is a simple, affordable way to add a router to any SOHO network. For $40 it brings a lot to the table including a user-friendly interface, strong wireless coverage, router/AP/repeater mode switching, and the ability to create up to four SSID's. If you don't need dual-band access or USB ports, this router is a solid choice that can be up and running in no time."
  FULL STORY @ TWEAKNEWS

Intel Chipset Software Installation Utility 9.2.0.1025 @ NGOHQ.com
     Tue, May 03 2011 | 8:18P | Drivers | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
Intel has released a new build of the Intel Chipset Software Installation Utility providing driver support for their motherboard chipsets for Windows operating systems. The Intel Chipset Device Software installs Windows INF files to the target system. These files outline to the operating system how to configure the Intel chipset function properly: - Core PCI and ISAPNP Services - PCIe Support - IDE/ATA33/ATA66/ATA100 Storage Support - SATA Storage Support - USB Support - Identification of Intel Chipset Components in the Device Manager This software can be installed in three modes: Interactive, Silent and Unattended Preload. Interactive Mode requires user input during installation; Silent Mode and Unattended Preload do not. This software also offers a set of command line flags, which provide additional installation choices. If you`re updating, don`t forget to add the -OVERALL -OVERIDE command-line."
  FULL STORY @ NGOHQ.COM

AMD Phenom II X4 980 Black Edition Processor Review
     Tue, May 03 2011 | 5:26P | Computer / SFF PCs | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
"Today we have the Phenom II X4 980 Black Edition on our test bench and will see how it compares to one of the latest Intel CPUs as well as existing AMD models in a selection of synthetic and real world tests which include Blu-Ray 3D, 3DMark and media conversion."
  FULL STORY @ HARDWAREHEAVEN

AMD Phenom II X4 980 Black Edition Quad-Core CPU Review
     Tue, May 03 2011 | 5:26P | CPU / Processors | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
"While the AMD Phenom II X4 980 wasn't the fastest processor that we had on our bench today, it did everything we asked to without hesitation and did it well. AMD has taken the 'Deneb' core architecture and stretched it out as far as they could. We wouldn't be shocked if the AMD Phenom II X4 980 Black Edition isn't the very last speed bump for this generation of processors. This core was well designed as we showed you that the 980 BE was able to hit 4.5GHz in our overclocking section, which was a clock frequency that we could reach on the very first Deneb revisions back in 2009."
  FULL STORY @ LEGITREVIEWS

 
AMD Phenom II X4 980 Black Edition
     Tue, May 03 2011 | 5:25P | CPU / Processors | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
The new AMD Phenom II X4 980 processor is pushing the “Deneb” architecture even closer to its limits, with a standard operating frequency of 3.7GHz. Of course while it is nice to see AMD pushing their processors even further, essentially what we have here is nothing new, rather this is just a product refresh.
  FULL STORY @ LEGIONHARDWARE

AMD Phenom II X4 980 Black Edition processor
     Tue, May 03 2011 | 5:25P | CPU / Processors | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
Back in January, we were absolutely convinced that we had seen the last hurrah for the venerable quad-core 45nm 'Deneb' die when we reviewed the Phenom II X4 975 Black Edition processor. However, apparently we were wrong as AMD is now releasing the X4 980 Black Edition; a processor sporting an impressive 3.7Ghz core speed. But can it compete against Intel's Sandy Bridge platform?
  FULL STORY @ HARDWARECANUCKS

AMD Phenom II X4 980 Black Edition CPU Review
     Tue, May 03 2011 | 5:25P | CPU / Processors | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
Although much of the scuttlebutt lately has revolved around AMD’s upcoming Llano and Bulldozer-based APUs, the company isn’t done pushing the envelope with their existing processor designs. In case you haven’t noticed, over the last few months AMD has continued to ramp up frequencies on their current bread-and-butter Phenom II processor line-up to the point where they’re now flirting with the 4GHz mark. We should also point out that AMD has done so with little disruption to their relatively low pricing structure; as a newer, faster processor is released in a given product family, it occupies the historic top spot while the existing products have simply been pushed down the stack to lower price points. Maybe we’re being a bit optimistic, but today’s launch of the Phenom II X4 980 Black Edition marks the release of AMD’s highest clocked processor yet, technically speaking. While the six-core Phenom II X6 1100T can Turbo up to 3.7GHz on half of its cores under certain conditions, the new quad-core Phenom II X4 980 Black Edition’s default clock on all four of its cores is 3.7GHz...
  FULL STORY @ HOTHARDWARE

Gigabyte H67A-UD3H ATX Motherboard
     Tue, May 03 2011 | 5:24P | Motherboards | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
"The majority of users that select an H67-equipped board do so to take advantage of Intel HD graphics built into Sandy Bridge processors and thus, won't be using a high-end graphics card or really any other add-in cards. Builds where a Micro ATX board would be suitable include home theater PCs and small form factor builds where a small footprint is needed. A quick check at Newegg revealed only three full size ATX H67 boards, one of them being the board we are taking a look at today, the Gigabyte GA-H67A-UD3H."
  FULL STORY @ OCIA

HIS Radeon HD 6790 1GB IceQ X Turbo Video Card Review
     Tue, May 03 2011 | 5:24P | Video Cards | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
"Just before the launch of the HD 6790, HIS emailed us and asked if we wanted to get a sample of the normal version, or if we were happy to wait a couple of extra weeks for the IceQ X Turbo one. Since we had a reference clocked card already on the way and the IceQ X and Turbo series being two great ones, it was a no brainer and we chose to wait. Well, the card finally arrived and we got a chance to put it through its paces to see what this new mid-range card was able to offer. Being part of the IceQ X and Turbo series means we've got both an upgraded cooler and an overclock on offer."
  FULL STORY @ TWEAKTOWN

Dear Italy, Argentina and Spain - What's up?
     Tue, May 03 2011 | 5:17P | Site News | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
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If so, we'd love to know why your computers are launching http://www.pcstats.com/index.cfm a bazillion times a minute for hours on end. Please send your feedback here.
  FULL STORY @ PCSTATS

Crysis 2 GPU & CPU Performance Test
     Tue, May 03 2011 | 4:03P | Video Cards | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
The highly anticipated sequel to Crysis is finally here. Despite the few shortcomings we didn't expect to see on the PC version, like its lack of DX11 rendering at launch, the game looks gorgeous and appears to be quite a lot of fun regardless. Now the question that remains to be answered is how demanding Crysis 2 is on PC hardware? Can it bring the most power hungry rigs to their knees as the original game did? Today we plan to find out as we run a wide range of processors and graphics cards through the gauntlet.
  FULL STORY @ TECHSPOT

AMD Radeon HD 6950 1 GB
     Tue, May 03 2011 | 4:02P | Video Cards | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
In order to complete their lineup in the $250 segment, AMD has released a 1 GB version of the HD 6950. This makes the card $40 cheaper, yet does not impact performance in any way as our testing shows. We also saw great overclocking potential on our card which makes this card a tweaker's dream combined with the HD 6950 to HD 6970 modding potential.
  FULL STORY @ TECHPOWERUP

ASUS P67 Sabertooth TUF Socket 1155 Motherboard
     Tue, May 03 2011 | 4:01P | Motherboards | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
Yes, the X58 was a nice looking motherboard but the new Sabertooth model features the TUF armour which is a heat shield that covers the entirety of the motherboard to keep heat produced by other components in the tower from making its way to the surface of the motherboard. The TUF feature really takes the P67 Sabertooth to totally different level. But does the new Sabertooth’s performance make it a true winner? We will find out.
  FULL STORY @ SABERTOOTH

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Beginners Guide: Install/Remove Intel Socket LGA1156 CPU and Heatsink
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  47. Linux Part 2: Installing a PC
  48. Linux Part 3: New Software
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  50. Making Old Software Compatible with Windows Vista
  51. Making DVD Movies from Video Files
  52. Most Common Ways to Kill a PC
  53. Optical Drives & Recording Formats
  54. Overclocking the CPU, Motherboard & Memory
  55. Overclocking the Videocard
  56. Preventing Data Theft from a Stolen Laptop
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  58. Quick Guide for Eliminating Spyware and Hijacker Software
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  60. Registry: Backups, Repairs, and Protection
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