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3R System L-600 V.REX Jr. Case Review
     Tue, Jan 25 2011 | 4:00P | Cases | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
"With a suggested price of only USD 60, the 3R System L-600 V.REX Jr. is a very affordable case, bringing features usually only found on more expensive models, such as USB 3.0 ports, air filters, and fan controllers. Let's take a look at this new release."
  FULL STORY @ HARDWARESECRETS

GIGABYTE Launches New GTX 560 Ti Series Graphics Card
     Tue, Jan 25 2011 | 3:00P | Video Cards | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
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GIGABYTE has introduced the GV-N560SO-1GI and GV-N560OC-1GI videocards today. Built with next-generation NVIDIA® GeForce® GTX 560 Ti GPU and GDDR5 memory technology, GV-N560SO-1GI and GV-N560OC-1GI run blockbuster games with amazing performance. Supporting NVIDIA® 3D Vision Surround, 3D Vision™, PhysX® , and 2-way SLI®, GV-N560SO-1GI and GV-N560OC-1GI guarantee ultimate extreme DirectX® 11 gaming experience. Both GV-N560SO-1GI and GV-N560OC-1GI adopt GIGABYTE’s innovative WINDFORCE™ 2X cooling technology for optimal thermal solution.

Of the two GIGABYTE GTX 560 Ti models, GV-N560SO-1GI is the latest new addition to GIGABYTE’s Super Overclock Series. GV-N560SO-1GI’s core and memory clock are 1G and 4580 MHz respectively whereas the standard GTX 560 Ti is 822/4000 MHz. To qualify for “SOC” series, GV-N560SO-1GI’s GPU must go through GIGABYTE’s innovative GPU Gauntlet™ Sorting process and it must be equipped with Ultra Durable VGA or VGA+ boards. Designed specifically for overclocking competition and gaming battle, GIGABYTE’s secret weapon GTX 560 Ti Super Overclock Edition is built with NVDIA GeForce GTX 560 Ti GPU. Based on 40nm processor and advanced GDDR5 memory technology, the powerful new GPU consists of ground-breaking features including Microsoft DirectX® 11 and NVIDIA PhysX™ which lead to incredibly immersive HD gaming experience and unrivaled performance. GV-N560SO-1GI also features WINDFORCE™ 2X, 7 phase PWM design, OC Guru graphics card smart tuner and voltage read point.

GIGABYTE introduces WINDFORCE™, the latest cooling technology that differentiates the brand’s graphics cards from the rest. GIGABYTE understands that a fan is crucial to the graphics card, so only the fan with the most efficiency is selected for WINDFORCE™. To qualify for WINDFORCE™, a cooling solution must be equipped with anti-turbulence inclined fins, ultra quiet PWM fan and pure copper heat pipe. Inclined fins help to reduce excessive heat and turbulence. Depending on its orientation, there are 4 types of inclined-fin designs: outward-inclined, 3D-inclined, parallel-inclined, and mirroring-inclined. Each type generates excellent exterior airflow for efficient heat dissipation from the interior GPU core.

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GV-N560SO-1GI and GV-N560OC-1GI are both equipped with WINDFORCE™ 2X mirroring-inclined fin cooling solution. WINDFORCE™ 2X mirroring-inclined fin design is equipped with 2 ultra quiet PWM fans and four pure copper heat pipes. The special inclined dual fan design effectively minimizes the flow of turbulence between two fans and enhances heat dissipation of hot area right underneath each fan. By unique design, WINDFORCE™ 2X even enlarges air channel on the graphics card vents and creates a more effective airflow system in chassis. This special design helps heat dissipate quickly from GPU. In addition, the 2 copper heat-pipes strengthen the speed of heat dissipation. 'P"GV-N560SO-1GI has incredibly pure power. It is compatible with ATX standard length PCB. 7 phase PWM design includes 6 for GPU, 1 for memory. This feature ensures a more stable system and better overclocking capability.'P"GIGABYTE’s very own GPU Gauntlet™ Sorting process is the key to the best GPUs for Super Overclock Series. A GPU must pass a sequence of tests to be selected. This unique process offers three major advantages. First, full-throttle performance tuning improves GV-N560SO-1GI overclocking ability by at least 21%. Second, optimized thermal efficiency lowers extra temperatures by 16% (GV-N560SO-1GI compared to stock GTX 560 Ti). Fan speed is guaranteed at standard rpm in high-rated 3D and physics-accelerated games to reduce noise for an absolutely quiet environment. Lastly, expert power switching lowers power switching loss by 12%. With GPU Gauntlet™ Sorting, GIGABYTE SOC graphics card guarantees higher overclocking ability. 'P.Thanks to Ultra Durable VGA+ that features 5+1 quality components, the Super Overclock Series supports top performance in graphics benchmarking. GIGABYTE Ultra Durable VGA+’s use of proadilizer on GV-N560SO-1GI graphics cards is able to provide purer power supply compared to traditional power design (zero proadlizers). On GV-N560SO-1GI graphics cards, GIGABYTE uses one NEC Proadlizer®, also known as film capacitor, to provide amazing current capacity and extremely low ESL/ESR for super overclocking ability. The added proadlizer transmits more stable power even during heavy loading.

GIGABYTE proudly improves its graphics card smart tuner OC Guru. This graphics card tweaking utility puts together the best combination of software/hardware overclocking. It now features 3 profiles: OC (for overclocking mode), Gaming (for gaming mode), and Green (for power saving mode). The different modes cater to users’ different needs. GIGABYTE’s distinctive adjustable software offers gamers to adjust tuners for memory, voltage, and fan speed. OC Guru, the user-friendly software, gives hardcore gamers liberty when overclocking.

GIGABYTE’s specific voltage read point supplies hardcore gamers an ultimate benching experience at overclocking competition. Heavy users can change the voltage simply through software instead of manually adjusting any components on PCB. It is easy for overclockers to master the platform and monitor GPU workload at any time just through voltage read point.

  FULL STORY @ GIGABYTE

MSI E350IA-E45 Mini-ITX Motherboard with AMD APU Chip
     Tue, Jan 25 2011 | 2:54P | Motherboards | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
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MSI has announced its first mainboard Accelerated Processing Unit (APU) platform, the MSI E350IA-E45, powered by an E350 APU with 1.6 GHz dual-core CPU and DirectX 11 Radeon HD6310 graphics. The MSI E350IA-E45 offers all the features you could expect in the ultimate Home Entertainment Platform: excellent Thermal Design and stability thanks to Japanese made Solid CAP, Full-HD Video connectivity and digital audio solutions.

MSI E350-E45 is equipped with both USB 3.0 and SATA 6 Gbps ports to rapidly store and stream music and movies in the fit-anywhere Mini-ITX form factor.

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  FULL STORY @ MSI

Zalman CNPS5X-SZ Heatsink Review
     Tue, Jan 25 2011 | 2:21P | Cooling / Heatsinks | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
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Zalman's CNPS5X-SZ heatsink is an updated, vertical interpretation of a 2006-era heatsink Zalman released under the CNPS8000 nomenclature. Like its forefather, the CNPS5X-SZ fills the role of a lower profile, light weight cooler that's ideally suited to sub-95W TDP processors. It's stacked aluminum fins are connected by three 6mm diameter copper heatpipes to a small aluminum base block with a thin bit of copper covering the otherwise exposed heatpipes. A single 90mm PWM fan spins at 2800-1400RPM to cool this modified tower heatsink.

  FULL STORY @ FROSTYTECH

Belkin 3-Outlet Mini Surge Protector with USB Charger Review
     Tue, Jan 25 2011 | 12:03P | Power Supply | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
"Travelling with your precious devices to different destinations can be risky at times if the location you visit experiences either brownouts (drop in voltage) or spikes (too much voltage) in their electricity supply. Some countries experience this more than others, but it can strike at any time and be detrimental to your laptop, cell phone or particular device. Investing in a surge protector will help you benefit from some level of protection from these events. Additionally, most power stations only offer two outlets and you may find you have more than two devices. With the many devices we travel with in today's age, two outlets may not be enough. Today we take a look at a travel surge protector from Belkin which offers three power outlets and offers two additional USB ports for charging your cell phone, iPod and more. This makes it not your typical surge protector but rather a 2-in-1 device and we'll see if it's any good."
  FULL STORY @ MODSYNERGY

Nvidia GTS-450 Graphics Card Review
     Tue, Jan 25 2011 | 12:02P | Video Cards | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
Offering 3D Blu-ray (BD) via native HDMI 1.4 and HD audio bit stream support, the recently release NVIDIA GTS 450 represents a drastic shift in the market for discrete home theater PC (HTPC) graphics processing units (GPU). With NVIDIA now providing a feature set unmatched by any vendor we finally have serious competition for discrete space in the home theater. Read on to see if the NVIDIA GTS 450 offers the right balance of power and functionality for your HTPC.
  FULL STORY @ MISSINGREMOTE

New high areal density 2-and-3 TB Greens from WD
     Tue, Jan 25 2011 | 12:01P | Hard Drives/SSD | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
Three Terabyte capacity in a 4-platter drive and 750GB/disc density is excellent, but the 2 TB model with one fewer disc might prove to be even better for noise and power. We examine samples of the latest WD Caviar Green models along with an earlier 2 TB 4-platter AV-optimized Green.
  FULL STORY @ SILENTPCREVIEW

 
Zotac IONITX-P-E CULV Motherboard
     Tue, Jan 25 2011 | 12:00P | Motherboards | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
Zotac was the first to introduce tiny desktop systems featuring Intel CULV chips in the ZBOX line, and now they've introduced the first CULV mini-ITX motherboards. The Zotac IONITX-P-E features an integrated dual core Celeron SU2300 processor, ION graphics, 802.11n, eSATA, and a full-sized PCI-E expansion slot.
  FULL STORY @ SILENTPCREVIEW

Intel's Linux Sandy Bridge Graphics Still Troubling
     Tue, Jan 25 2011 | 9:03A | Chipset | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
"When Intel launched their newest "Sandy Bridge" processors earlier this month there were no Linux benchmark results available. We were not seeded with any CPU in advance and the other publications that have flings with Linux were unable to get the Linux graphics support working. There is no "out of the box" Sandy Bridge support under Linux with Ubuntu 10.10 and other distributions released in the past few months. It was not until the time that Sandy Bridge launched that there was the releases of Linux 2.6.37, Mesa 7.10, and the xf86-video-intel 2.14 DDX that are the versions reported to play well with the new Intel graphics. Because of the lack of "out of the box" Linux support, there was a very scathing review at SemiAccurate.com that went as far as calling Sandy Bridge the biggest disappointment of the year. The code was said to be ready, but there is a challenge in installing open-source GPU drivers by many Linux users."
  FULL STORY @ PHORONIX

QNAP TS-259 Pro+ NAS Review
     Tue, Jan 25 2011 | 9:02A | Servers | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
In the past we have reviewed a number of various NAS boxes from QNAP and have always been pleased with their performance and features. Today we take a closer look at their latest top of the line, the QNAP TS-259 Pro+NAS, and see how it holds up to the competition as well as taking a look at some other models. While its outside appearance is very similar to the previous generation of NAS boxes from QNAP, a closer look at the specs reveals that the system’s internals have been completely overhauled. Remember that when looking at the specs, NAS boxes have a customized OS so they are normally extremely low powered and are optimized purely for network and file I/O.
  FULL STORY @ MISSINGREMOTE

Serenity i7 Sandy Bridge PC
     Tue, Jan 25 2011 | 9:01A | Computer / SFF PCs | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
Time flies in the tech world. Blink, turn your head for a moment, and today's greatest technology is yesterday's news. So it is with the Serenity PC, SPCR Edition. The previous version turned out to be the quietest computer system we have ever reviewed or even laid our hands on, and probably quieter than any PC will ever be, short of one with no moving parts and zero electronic noise. Another 3.5 months later, the latest version of the Puget Serenity with Sandy Bridge, SPCR Edition, is here.
  FULL STORY @ SILENTPCREVIEW

HotHardware's Two and A Half Geeks Webcast
     Tue, Jan 25 2011 | 9:00A | Business / Industry | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
In this episode of Two and A Half Geeks, we take a look at the new LSI WarpDrive PCI Express SSD, discuss HotHardware’s overclocked AMD Radeon HD 6870/6850 round-up, talk about why the CEO of AMD was just sent out behind the woodshed for a whacking and how the HTC HD2 Windows Mobile 6.x-based smartphone was recently hacked to run Windows Phone 7...
  FULL STORY @ HOTHARDWARE

In-Win Dragon Rider Case
     Mon, Jan 24 2011 | 4:03P | Cases | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
The In-Win Dragon Rider is the latest case of the Destiny-Extreme series, and is designed after its predecessor: the Dragon Slayer. The meshwork and the dark design of the Dragon Rider nicely contribute to the medieval theme, while blue LEDs on the front logo and fans provide color constrast to the case.The Dragon Rider is equipped with latest ethisiast-class case features, including the eSATA and USB 3.0 front top panel ports, tool-free installation, and supports up to 12x 120mm fans.
  FULL STORY @ BJORN3D

ZOTAC GeForce GTX 580 AMP! Edition 1536 MB
     Mon, Jan 24 2011 | 4:02P | Video Cards | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
ZOTAC's GeForce GTX 580 AMP! Edition comes at a massive core clock of 815 MHz. During our testing we also noticed that the card could overclock consistently higher than other reference designs, which seems to be thanks to a special binning process in the ZOTAC factory.
  FULL STORY @ TECHPOWERUP

Seasonic X-760 760W Power Supply
     Mon, Jan 24 2011 | 4:01P | Power Supply | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
Seasonic has been around almost longer than anyone else in the PC power supply market. Ask anyone who is known for quiet and efficient power supplies and Seasonic will come up more often than not. Seasonic launched the X-Series power supplies back in 2009 and they were well received amongst enthusiasts for the exceptional quality and efficiency. Unfortunately they were only available in 650W and 750W models at the time. Fast forward to mid 2010 and Seasonic announced a revamp of the X-series. This also came with a much expanded lineup, offering the X-series in various iterations from 400W to 1200W. This new lineup provided power supply solutions for those needing more or less power than previously offered. Today we are taking a look at their X-760 power supply."
  FULL STORY @ TWEAKTOWN

Seagate Momentus XT 500GB 2.5" Hybrid Hard Drive
     Mon, Jan 24 2011 | 4:00P | Memory | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
With SSDs making some minor inroads into the market hard drives used to have sole proprietorship over, manufacturers like Seagate needed something new to spice things up. Enter a new generation of hybrid drives which combine the capacity of a traditional hard drive with the high speed NAND of an SSD. The Momentus XT is one of the first which is available in a small form factor for notebooks, set top boxes and HTPCs.
  FULL STORY @ HARDWARECANUCKS

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