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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

Citrix GoToMeeting
     Tue, May 03 2011 | 12:03P | Software | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
“We liked GoToMeeting. Its quick setup, flat-fee billing and support for PC and Mac platforms making it a good solution for small to medium-sized businesses looking to run online meetings with no long-term strings attached. However, it’s far from the only product on the market and faces stiff competition from other, better known, services such as Cisco WebEx. Lack of branding opportunities, like those available with WebEx, could also be an issue for larger companies—particularly those selling through their online presence and looking to differentiate their conferencing tools against those of competitors”.
  FULL STORY @ BUSINESSCOMPUTINGWORLD

Internet Explorer 9
     Tue, May 03 2011 | 12:02P | Software | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
“There was a time when the terms ‘Web browser’ and ‘Internet Explorer’ were more or less synonymous, but times have changed. Over the past few years a significant and still growing number of users have switched to Mozilla Firefox and, more latterly, Google Chrome, disappointed with recent releases of IE and lured away by the performance, usability and security of the alternatives. Internet Explorer is still the most used browser around, at least on Windows. However, its market share had been seriously dented and, with IE9, Microsoft is hoping to make up for lost ground. First impressions are that it may have some success achieving that goal.”
  FULL STORY @ BUSINESSCOMPUTINGWORLD

Synology DiskStation DS411slim
     Tue, May 03 2011 | 12:01P | Networking | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
“Although limited by disk specification, the DS411slim is still quicker than a lot of the competition, even those capable of taking faster 3.5-inch disks. Moreover, in terms of functionality the diminutive Synology appliance is every bit as capable as other DiskStations and more than a match for similar storage appliances from other vendors. Factor in the add-on applications and what you have is a lot more than just another NAS box, making the DS411slim a good solution for the small business looking to move up from peer-to-peer networking without the cost or complexity of a more traditional server.”
  FULL STORY @ BUSINESSCOMPUTINGWORLD

HP ProLiant MicroServer
     Tue, May 03 2011 | 12:00P | Servers | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
“The term server tends to conjure up images of large and imposing rack-mount boxes costing thousands of pounds, stuffed full of processors, memory and hard disk drives. However, that’s not always the case, with a growing demand for much smaller and more affordable servers to meet the needs of the small business.”

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  FULL STORY @ BUSINESSCOMPUTINGWORLD

 
Arctic Cooling Freezer 13 Pro CPU Cooler Review
     Tue, May 03 2011 | 9:03A | Cooling / Heatsinks | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
"When it's all said and done, Arctic Cooling's new Freezer 13 Pro, with it's innovative "Cross Blow" feature, is a worthy successor to the Freezer series of coolers. As of this writing, it only seems to be available from the Arctic Cooling website for around $55 US."
  FULL STORY @ TWEAKNEWS

XFX HD 6950 XXX Graphics Card Review
     Tue, May 03 2011 | 9:02A | Video Cards | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
"Overall, the XFX HD 6950 XXX 1Gb is an excellent graphics card for the consumer wanting a HD 6950 with a little better performance and an extensive amount of additional overclocking headroom. When overclocking, it seemed like I couldn't hit the limit and is by far one of the best overclocking cards I have tested in recent memory."
  FULL STORY @ TWEAKNEWS

Intel I7-2600K Sandybridge Processor Review
     Tue, May 03 2011 | 9:01A | CPU / Processors | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
"After several weeks testing and trying out Intel's Core i7-2600k Sandybridge processor, there isn't a whole lot to say other than it's relatively cheap, it's fast and it's extremely overclockable. When a processor comes in just over US$300 and is this fast, NO ONE can complain
  FULL STORY @ REVIEWS

Sapphire HD 6950 Review
     Tue, May 03 2011 | 9:00A | Video Cards | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
"Sapphire's Radeon HD 6950 has proven to be an excellent overall product. With excellent build quality and a robust accessory hardware kit, it is still priced lower than a lot of the competition to date. Also adding in that Sapphire is still AMD's #1 seller, I'd be a fool to recommend anything but to consider this card if the HD 6950 is an option that you are itching to spend you money on in the near future."
  FULL STORY @ TWEAKNEWS

Seasonic X-460 Fanless 460W 80Plus Gold Silent Powersupply Review
     Tue, May 03 2011 | 2:08A | Power Supply | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
For those that know what to look for, power efficiency and silent operation are chief considerations when it's time for a power supply upgrade. Since power issues are also the number one cause of dead PC's it pays not to cheap out on this critical but typically underestimated computer component. While it's tempting to pick any old metal box with a suitable Wattage figure, in the long run most users quickly discover that power efficiency and quiet operation are equally important. Where power efficiency is concerned, certifications like '80 Pl us' are a good place to start.
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In this review PCSTATS is testing out an entirely fanless, silent 460W power supply from Seasonic's modular "X" series. There aren't very many fanless power supplies on the market so this is a bit of a treat. The Seasonic X-460 Fanless (SS-460FL) is an Active Power Factor Correction (A-PFC F3) class unit which boasts the exceedingly hard to come by 80 Plus Gold rating. A fanless 400W model (SS-400FLM) is also produced.
  FULL STORY @ PCSTATS

Seasonic X-760 760W 80Plus Gold Power Supply Review
     Tue, May 03 2011 | 2:08A | Power Supply | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
The Seasonic SS-760KM is an Active Power Factor Correction (A-PFC F3) power supply that boasts an80 Plus Gold rating. It features a +12V rail capable of delivering 63 Amps, four 6/8 PCI Express videocard power connectors and the convenience of modular cables. The Seasonic SS-760KM X-760 power supply retails for about $180CDN ($180 USD, £90 GBP) and is covered by a five-year warranty.
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Under the matt-black steel case and honeycomb air vents are a few clever electrical choices. Seasonic use solid state aluminum polymer capacitors strategically throughout, for greater heat tolerance Japanese 105°C rated caps, to reduce current transmission resistance gold plated terminals. Furthermore, where the modular cables connect to the X-760, Seasonic employ a DC-to-DC converter board rather than a bundle of wires soldered to the modular cable jacks. Seasonic insist that by moving the +3.3V and +5V voltage regulator modules to the connector panel it has minimized voltage drops and impedance, improved airflow by doing away with unnecessary wires within the PSU and aided heat dissipation with a simple, unobstructed component layout.
  FULL STORY @ PCSTATS

LiteON iHAS524 DVD-DL Writer
     Tue, May 03 2011 | 2:08A | Optical Drives | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
LiteON's LabelTag technology allows you to write a text-based circular label into the data side of any DVD±R or CD-R disk. The text is created by 'burning' the un-used portion of the disk in a pattern that leaves legible text behind.
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Written bits are slightly darker by nature, these bits need only be arranged to 'write' text or even small two-colour images/logos to the recordable side of DVD±R or CD-R media. LabelTag gives the best results with DVD-R's because the darker purple colour has better contrast, but regardless of the media, non-removable labels are an enticing option for archival, promotional, presentation, photographic, recording software serial numbers or simply cataloging data stored to recordable optical media. The label will never come off, get lost or separated from the disk.
  FULL STORY @ PCSTATS

Plextor PX-B310U External PX-B310U Blu-Ray USB
     Tue, May 03 2011 | 2:08A | Optical Drives | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
External Blu-ray drives make it easy to turn pretty much any PC into a home theatre PC. With more and more HDTVs supporting PC inputs (DVI, S-Video or HDMI), it's easy to connect a drive like this to a laptop, pop in a movie and pipe the display through to a big screen TV. Blu-ray can store a massive amount of data, 50GB per disk in fact.
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For around $220 CDN ($160 USD £125 GBP), the PX-B310U can bring Blu-ray playback and external CD and DVD authoring to almost any PC. Is the PX-B310U a worthy upgrade for that desktop or laptop that could use a little HD loving?
  FULL STORY @ PCSTATS

Breaking news - Osama bin Laden is dead: reports CBC News
     Mon, May 02 2011 | 5:54P | Web News | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
CBC News May 1, 2011 10:58 PM ET
U.S. President Barack Obama is expected to make a statement momentarily. It's being reported on CNN and in the New York Times that Osama bid Laden is dead.

UPDATE: The US is in possession of Bin Laden's body, the reports say. It was unclear where bin Laden was killed and how the U.S. obtained his body, but CNN was reporting that he was killed outside of Islamabad. US officials have long believed bin Laden, the most wanted man in the world, was hiding a mountainous region along the Pakistan-Afghanistan border. President Barack Obama is due to make a statement shortly."

UPDATE 2: Obama had tasked the CIA with the killing or capture of Osama bin laden. In August 2010 a lead surfaced, the US followed him to Pakistan and late in April sent Special Forces to attack a compound in Abbottabad Pakistan. In the words of Barak Obama; "after a firefight, they killed Osama Bin Laden and took custody of his body."

UPDATE 3: Here's the link to a Pakistani IT consultant in Abbottabad who unknowingly live Tweeted the raid by two special forces helicopters on the compound where Osama Bin Laden is reported to have been killed. (URL: http://eu.techcrunch.com/2011/05/02/heres-the-guy-who-unwittingly-live-tweeted-the-raid-on-bin-laden/). This provides a bit more insight into what occurred.

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Google Maps link - Abbottabad, Pakistan.
  FULL STORY @ CBC.CA

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