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ECS H57H-MUS (V1.0A) LGA1156 Motherboard Review
     Thu, Mar 03 2011 | 6:09P | Motherboards | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
Designed to support latest Intel CPUs with integrated graphics and built around Intel's H57 chipset, the H57H-MUS board from ECS also features a complete bundle composed of a USB 3.0 and SATA 6G expansion card, which makes the board a future-proof powerful computing platform, in a mATX board format
  FULL STORY @ MADSHRIMPS

SAPPHIRE Vapor-X HD 6870 1GB GDDR5 Graphic Card
     Thu, Mar 03 2011 | 6:09P | Video Cards | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
Using the better cooling technology of Vapor-X it runs cooler and quieter than the normal series of video card. Today we will be check it out and putting through the Modders-Inc series of benchmarks.
  FULL STORY @ MODDERS

Lenovo ThinkPad T510
     Thu, Mar 03 2011 | 6:09P | Notebooks | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
“The solid build of the ThinkPad T510 make it a good traveller, but it is weighty and battery life is not as good as it could be. The keyboard is a pleasure to use, though some may find the range of options and combination of TrackPoint and Touchpad a little overwhelming. If you are lured by the low price, hold fire. You may well find you need to upgrade a fair few elements to get the laptop that suits you best. Nonetheless, in sheer performance and usability terms we have to concede that Lenovo has kept up the good work with its ThinkPad T510 and produced another good addition to a great series.”
  FULL STORY @ BUSINESSCOMPUTINGWORLD

Cooler Master Storm Spawn Gaming Mouse
     Thu, Mar 03 2011 | 6:08P | Mouse Pads | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
Cooler Master's entrance into the gaming peripherals market with their Storm line has been a smooth one, so far consisting of mice and mouse pads. Arguably the most important gaming gear needed. It began with the Sentinel Advance and quickly moved to the Inferno. Each offers a world of features to enhance the gaming experience. Cooler Master’s newest addition to their Storm mouse lineup is the Spawn. The Spawn is physically a lot smaller than any other gaming mouse we have had in our labs. Does that mean that it is inferior in any way? We shall see.
  FULL STORY @ MASTER

Kingwin LZP-550 550W Power Supply Review
     Thu, Mar 03 2011 | 6:08P | Power Supply | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
Kingwin does not really have too much to say about its new LZP-550 PSU. One thing that will surely catch your enthusiast eye is the fact that this is likely the first 80Plus Platinum rated power supply you have seen in the overclockers realm. Kingwin does mention this unit is "overclocked" as well. 650 watts for the price of 550 watts?
  FULL STORY @ KINGWIN

U260 is Lenovo’s attempt
     Thu, Mar 03 2011 | 6:08P | Networking | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
"This is a conclusion I also came to when reviewing the T410s, which suffered from the same drawbacks as the U260. If Lenovo can figure out how to squeeze larger batteries into these slim and light laptops, it will have some class-leading products on its hands. For now, however, the U260 is a bit of a fashion statement. It’s beautiful, exquisitely constructed, and great to use – but lacking the expected endurance."
  FULL STORY @ PCPER

HP Mini 210-2180
     Thu, Mar 03 2011 | 4:02P | Computer / SFF PCs | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
“The HP Mini 210-2180 is a netbook that comes in many stylish colors, has a larger-than-average keyboard and has huge battery life. While the internal specifications aren't the latest and greatest, it will still provide average computing performance for the average user.”
  FULL STORY @ NOTEBOOK

 
Kingston HyperX Max 3.0 64GB.
     Thu, Mar 03 2011 | 4:01P | Hard Drives/SSD | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
"While little pen/flash drives have increased in capacity in recent years, those that want a bit more storage space are still forced with going with portable hard drives, or SSDs. However, if you don't want to utilise a drive of your own, or sort out hard drive cages or covers, the pre-built option is also available. Today we look at such a device from Kingston, the HyperX 64GB Max 3.0 device that utilises USB 3 technology to give it incredibly quick transfer rates with a reasonable capacity behind it too. "
  FULL STORY @ KINGSTON

multi-GPU CrossFire and SLI scaling performance
     Thu, Mar 03 2011 | 4:00P | Video Cards | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
"While Intel Sandy Bridge-MS does not pledge inherent multi-GPU support, it is a waste to ignore its performance potential - particularly for multi-GPU systems. What the Intel Sandy Bridge microarchitecture offers for multi-GPU configurations, is higher IPC that alleviates processor bottlenecks which have plagued multi-GPU systems for so long."
  FULL STORY @ SANDY

Sapphire Pure Fusion Mini E350 APU Mainboard
     Thu, Mar 03 2011 | 12:03P | Motherboards | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
"What can I say but wow! I went into this review with an open mind and was very pleasantly surprised. As a long time Intel Atom user I have grown accustomed to the low power platform's limitations on what it could and couldn't accomplish. Even being paired with the NVIDIA ION in some of my boards, there were still some things I could not do. During some HD playback, it would shutter every once in a while and even light gaming was a challenge to get by. The AMD Fusion APU definitely put those issues to rest. Not once did the video playback struggle."
  FULL STORY @ SAPPHIRE

Thermaltake MAX 5G External HDD Enclosure Review
     Thu, Mar 03 2011 | 12:02P | Hard Drives/SSD | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
"The Thermaltake Max 5G 3.5” HDD Enclosure offers a solution to data and OS portability. Offering 5Gbs USB 3.0 transfer speeds along with SATA III capability, the Thermaltake Max 5G offers portability along with all of the speed one would expect from an internal HDD. The Max 5G is also the first external HDD enclosure offering the superior cooling capabilities of twin 80mm fans. These fans also offer a little eye candy with glowing blue LEDs which are selectable on or off accenting a sleek black enclosure design. The Thermaltake Max 5G is, of course, backwards compatible to USB 2.0/1.1, as well as SATA II/I. The Thermaltake Max 5G also offers quick and easy installation to go along with rock solid build quality."
  FULL STORY @ HITECHLEGION

further details on the Bulldozer architecture
     Thu, Mar 03 2011 | 12:01P | CPU / Processors | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
"All indications so far point to Bulldozer being at the very least a competitive design. I believe that Intel will have an advantage in instructions per clock when handling single threaded and lightly threaded workloads. But AMD certainly looks to counter that by providing processors which will clock higher than the Intel counterparts, yet still remain in the same thermal envelope as the competition."
  FULL STORY @ PCPER

TRENDnet TEW-673GRU Dual Band Wireless N Router Review
     Thu, Mar 03 2011 | 12:00P | Networking | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
With an external status LCD, two USB ports, Dual Band Wireless N Gigabit Ethernet and a price of around $120/110Euros the TEW-673GRU Router by TRENDnet is without doubt one of the best wireless high-end routers currently in the market.
  FULL STORY @ RWLABS

OCZ Platinum XTE PC3-16000 2x2GB review
     Thu, Mar 03 2011 | 9:03A | Memory | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
Unless you have been hiding under a rock for the last little while, news of OCZ leaving the computer RAM business completely by February 28 of this year has been spreading like wildfire on the internet. This announcement came after OCZ's statement in August 2010, when the company decided to withdraw from the unprofitable commodity memory market to focus on high performance enthusiast RAM instead. However, two weeks ago, news dawned upon us that even that move is no more. Being a major player in the solid state disk drive market (Not surprisingly, as it seems to me the OCZ Vertex 2 is the Honda Civic of the SSD world, except with Lamborghini performance), OCZ recently claimed 78% of their revenue came from SSDs in the past financial quarter. While we wish OCZ the best in their future ventures, it was a certainly a sad day for us upon hearing about this. I have personally witnessed OCZ's substantial growth back in the early 2000's. From their awesome marketing in widely popularizing the use of heatspreaders on high performance overclocking RAM when DDR1 RAM was still the standard and AMD Athlon 64s were the craze, to competitively priced high quality modules, OCZ have unquestionably won the hearts of many casual system builders and hardcore enthusiasts alike. I still remember their Special Ops Edition Urban Elite DDR2 with cool looking 'camo' heatspreaders, the epic Flex XLC that can be hooked up to your water cooling system, and my first ever set of DDR3 RAM, back when 2x1GB modules ran for $600 a kit. Before we wave goodbye to our long time friend, today we will publish what is probably our last OCZ RAM review on the Platinum XTE PC3-16000 2x2GB dual channel kit.
  FULL STORY @ PLATINUM

Gigabyte GA-E350N-USB3 Fusion Motherboard
     Thu, Mar 03 2011 | 9:02A | Motherboards | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
The Gigabyte E350N-USB3 is one of the first motherboards with the E-350 chip, and while it is just a small mini-ITX-motherboard, it still has full support for USB3 and SATA 6 Gbps as well as a full-length PCI-E-slot. Fusion APU motherboards are slowly appearing at e-tail stores. For example, Newegg has the Gigabyte E350N-USB3 for $149.99, which is a very good price compared to Intel Atom/ION motherboards.
  FULL STORY @ MOTHERBOARD

OCZ RevoDrive 80GB
     Thu, Mar 03 2011 | 9:01A | Hard Drives/SSD | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
We all know that SSDs can drastically increase system performance. In fact, here's a great idea: why not set up two SSDs in RAID, and get some great performance? In reality, there SATA 3Gbps bandwidth causes some limitations. Though most platter drives barely saturate SATA II, SSDs are fast enough that they approach, and can often exceed the throughput offered by SATA II's 3Gbps. The next generation SATA 6Gbps should alleviate this bottleneck, though the drive is still being limited to only 6Gbps of bandwidth, which can easily being saturated by SSDs once the storage manufacturers transition to 6Gbps bandwidth this year. This is where moving to a higher bandwidth such as PCI-E comes into play. OCZ is trying to gain greater ground with their PCI-E based SSDs. In fact, those following the company know that it is shifting focus from system memory to solid state drives starting in 2011. Looking at OCZ's current product line up, we can see how serious OCZ is about this issue. A quick browse through the company's website shows that it has SSDs designed for almost every single segment of the market with controllers based on SandForce and Indilinx.
  FULL STORY @ BJORN3D

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